Former India Football Player and Coach Amal Dutta passes away at 86


New Delhi: Famed football coach Amal Dutta, who was keeping ill, passed away on Sunday here, his family said. The 86-year-old had been suffering from age related illness. Dutta represented India at the 1954 Asian Games and was considered the first professional football coach in the country.

"He was suffering from breathing problems, but was well till the morning," said his son Ashis Dutta, according to a news agency. "His condition deteriorated in the evening when we rushed him to a hospital. The doctors tried a lot but could not help."

In his coaching days for which he received much acclaim, Dutta managed both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and was recognised for introducing the "diamond" system of football in Indian football.