AFC President Mr. Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa extended his condolences for the demise of former India international Mr. Fortunato Franco, dated today (Monday, May 10, 2021).
In a letter addressed to AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel, the AFC President said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the former Asiad gold medallist Fortunato Franco earlier today.”
Mr. Franco was a part of the Indian team that won the Asiad gold in 1962 after defeating the Republic of Korea 2-1 in the final. Apart from that, he was also a part of the Indian team that took part in the 1960 Rome Olympics, and the 1964 Asian Cup, where the Blue Tigers finished second.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and the All India Football Federation during this sad moment,” the AFC President further said in his letter. “Mr. Franco will always be remembered for his dedication and commitment to Indian football.”