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Former India goalkeeper Prasanta Dora passes away

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Prasanta Dora

Kolkata: Former India goalkeeper Prasanta Dora passed away aged on Tuesday after prolonged illness.

He was 43 and was suffering from a complex disease called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).

He was admitted in a Kolkata hospital since December 28.

Prasanta, younger brother of another India goalkeeper Hemanta, is one of the few goalkeepers to have played for the ‘Big Three’ of Indian football, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.

He represented India in SAFF Cup, SAFF Games, Pre-Olympic Qualifier and Pre-World Cup matches, having made his international debut against Nepal in the SAF Games in Kathmandu in 1999 where India claimed the bronze medal.

He represented India in four official international matches. He was part of East Bengal’s triumphant squad which won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) in 1999.

He also helped Mohun Bagan to win the IFA Shield in 2003, the Airlines Gold Cup in 2004 & 2005, and the CFL in 2005.

He was adjudged the ‘Best Goalkeeper’ in Bengal’s consecutive Santosh Trophy titles in 1997-99 and 99.

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