Former footballer and coach TK Chathunni dies. All you need to know about the legendary coach

As a defender, Chathunni played for Kerala and Goa in the Santhosh Trophy

chathunni T.K. Chathunni | via Malayala Manorama

T.K. Chathunni, a former Indian footballer and coach, passed away on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Kochi. He was 79.

Chathunni was undergoing treatment for cancer at the hospital where he breathed his last.

As a defender, Chathunni played for Kerala and Goa in the Santhosh Trophy. After his playing days, Chathunni moved into coaching.

Chathunni, known to be one of the finest coaches in Indian football, left an indelible mark on the game for over four decades.

During his career, Chathunni coached several teams, including Mohun Bagan, Dempo Goa, Salgaocar F.C., Churchill Brothers S.C and FC Cochin. He was appointed the coach of Kerala's Santhosh Trophy team in 1979.

Chathunni penned an autobiography titled 'Football My Soul' which are reflections on his life and football career.

Condoling his demise, Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, V.D. Satheesan said, "When the history of Indian football is told, Chathunni will be at the forefront." "Coach Chathunni played a major role in bringing the generation of I.M. Vijayan and C.V. Pappachan to the heights of excellence. Chathunni's demise is a great loss to the sports world," he added.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recalled that Chathunni was active as a player and coach for four decades.

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