Soccer star of yesteryears Sailen Manna ill

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Kolkata, Aug 28 (UNI) Legendary footballer of yesteryears Sailen Manna has been admitted to a city hospital following serous illness.

His family sources said the 83-year-old former Olympian and defender of the Indian team was admitted to ICCU.

Mr Manna, a Padmasree awardee, complained high fever shortly after he was discharged from a Government hospital where he underwent surgery on a fractured leg.

Mr Manna, who was a pillar of Mohun Bagan team through the forties and fifties, was a member of the first-ever Indian football team on an overseas tour that took part in the London Olympics.

He also led the Indian team that won gold in the first Asian Games in 1951. He had also led India to four successive titles in the South East Asian quadrangular meet.


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