Veteran Indian footballer and manager Subhash Bhowmick was suffering from kidney-related ailments prior to his death.
The former Bengali striker and coach has died at the age of 72 following a prolonged illness. He was diabetic and was hospitalised following some complications related to the kidneys and passed away at around 3:30 am, as per sources.
The former striker, who was born in the English Bazar Municipality in 1950, represented two of the biggest clubs in India, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Fondly called “Bhombolda” in football circles, Bhowmick was part of the India team that won bronze medals at the 1970 Asia Cup. According to MyKhel, he scored over 300 goals in his professional career, including 50 goals for the national side.
One of the giants of Indian football, Bhowmick’s loss has undoubtedly left a huge void in the game. His passing was mourned by several prominent sportspersons in West Bengal. Cricketer turned politician Manoj Tiwari took to social media to express his condolences following the loss of Bhowmick.
“A massive loss to Indian football and Indian sports fraternity. Rest in peace, Subhash Bhowmick. Your contribution to Indian football shall never be forgotten. Still in shock!the former Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiant batsman tweeted.
Following his retirement in 1979, he coached East Bengal, Mohammedan, Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers.
His tenure with Churchill Brothers was most impressive, where he operated in the capacity of a technical director, as he did not possess an A-license, due to which he could not officially be the coach of an I-League club. Nevertheless, he led the side to the top of the I-league standings in the 2012-13 season, his only season at the club.