FIFA and AFC expressed their condolences to Sailendra Nath Manna’s family

FIFA and AFC expressed their condolences to Sailen Manna's family

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his condolences to Sailendra Nath Manna’s wife, daughter and all of Indian Football.

In a letter to the All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel, Blatter wrote: “On receiving the sad news of Sailendra Nath Manna’s passing, both personally and on behalf of the football family, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and all of Indian football.”

“Whether as a player, captain or coach, Sailen Manna was an inspirational leader whose contribution to Indian football was justly recognised during his lifetime and will continue to live on in our memories. He will also be remembered for his 19 years service to his club Mohun Bagan, which is another reason to place him among true footballing greats, particularly in the modern age, where such royalty is becoming increasingly scarce,” he added.

“My thoughts and sympathy are with you at this difficult time and I wish you strength as you seek to come to terms with the loss of such an influential figure.”

Asian Football Confederation’s Acting President Zhang Jilong also expressed his condolences. In his letter to Mr. Praful Patel, Jilong wrote: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the passing away of Indian football legend Sailendra Nath Manna.”

“The list of his contribution to Indian and Asian football is long and impressive, and he will forever live on in the minds of his fans. Manna’s demise marks the end of an era and the world of football will miss him.”
“in this very sad moment, please let his family, friends and loved ones know the Asian family stands by their side and shares in their grief.”
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