Imphal, Aug 10: Mohun Bagan captain and former India defender Manitombi Singh breathed his last at his native village near Imphal in Manipur early on Sunday after suffering from prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife and an eight-year-old son. He was 39.
"Mohun Bagan family is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of former club captain Manitombi Singh. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Manitombi Singh,” Mohun Bagan club tweeted.
Manitombi had a major contribution Under-23 Indian team that lifted the LG Cup in 2003 by defeating Vietnam 3-2 in Ho Chi Minh City. It was India's first international triumph since their victory at an eight-nation tournament in Singapore in 1971.
Manitombi also represented India in the 2002 Busan Asian Games. The former right-back scored in his debut for Mohun Bagan at the Calcutta Football League Premier Division in 2003 and went on to lead the club in the All Airlines Gold Cup victory in 2004. He donned the Green and Maroon colors for consecutive two seasons (2003-2004) wherein he scored 3 goals. He was part of the Mohun Bagan's triumphant IFA Shield campaign in 2003. He represented Manipur in Santosh Trophy.
Singh had started playing with Army Boys and Services and also represented Air India and Salgaocar before making the big move to Mohun Bagan in 2003. He was last seen playing for Manipur State League defending champions Anouba Imagi Mangal in the 2015-16 season before becoming their head coach.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter and wrote, "I am saddened to hear of the untimely demise of footballer Manitombi Singh. We are trying to work out some emergency funds from the Sports Ministry to support the family in these trying times. The government is committed to supporting all athletes, present, and past."