New Delhi, March 20: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoled the demise of former India defender Anthony Rebello, who passed away on Monday. He was 65. Rebello is survived by his wife and two daughters. One of the finest defenders of the 1970s and 1980s, Rebello had represented India twice in international tournaments. In 1982, he was part of the India squad for the Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur followed by the President's Cup in Seoul. Igor Stimac Names Pritam Kotal, Naorem Mahesh Singh As Replacements in Indian Football Team Camp Ahead of Tri-Nation International Tournament.

"Rebello was one of the most respected defenders of his time because of his skills and never-say-die approach. My heart goes out to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace," said AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey in a statement.

AIFF Secretary General Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran said: "Rebello was a central defender, who played football with lots of passion and remained a big name in domestic football for many years. The Indian football family is deeply saddened by his demise."

At the domestic level, Rebello was a pillar of strength for Salgaocar Football Club for many years. ATK Mohun Bagan To Be Renamed As 'Mohun Bagan Super Giants', Announces Sanjiv Goenka After Mariners Win ISL 2022-23 Title.

Starting from 1977, Anthony played for the Goa giants for 11 seasons on the trot. He was a prominent member of the historic team when Goa won the Santosh Trophy for the first time in the 1983-84 season.

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