Malappuram, Jun 6 : Former Santosh Trophy player E Hamsakoya, died due to COVID-19 at Manjeri Medical College hospital on Saturday. He was 61. With his death, the toll in the state due to Coronavirus has risen to 15.
Native of nearby Parappanangadi, the deceased and his family had come from Mumbai, where they settled on May 21 and were put on quarantine. Health department sources said Hamsakoya's wife and son were tested positive for the virus initially and later he was also tested positive. His daughter-in-law and two of his grandchildren were also tested positive and all the six were undergoing treatment at the hospital, sources said.
A former player of Calicut University football team, Hamsakoya had also played for the National team in the Nehru Trophy. A veteran footballer of Malabar region, Hamsakoya had played for Maharashtra state in Santosh Trophy matches besides playing for popular football clubs---the Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sports Club. The mortal remains of the deceased will be buried as per the Covid protocol, sources added. (UNI)