Famend Odisha soccer coach Nanda Kishore Patnaik succumbed to COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar on the wee hours of Tuesday.
He was 65 and was present process remedy for the coronavirus at a personal hospital. Soccer Affiliation of Odisha (FAO) in a press release confirmed the passing away of the coach, who’s survived by his spouse, son and daughter.
Former India girls’s workforce captain, Sradhanjali Samantray termed the loss as ‘stunning.’
“It is actually stunning. All of us hoped that Nanda sir will get well however sadly he handed away. I spoke to him on Might 17 and was optimistic about his restoration. It is a unhappy day for Odisha soccer,” Sradhanjali, the present coach of the Odisha girls’s soccer workforce, advised Sportstar.
Patnaik was the person behind the expansion of girls’s soccer in Odisha and produced India internationals like Sradhanjali, Gitanjali Samantray, Ranjita Mohanty, Sarita Behera, Sudipta Das and plenty of extra gamers who not solely represented the nationwide girls’s soccer groups underneath numerous age teams but additionally left a mark within the nationwide senior girls’s workforce.
“Not simply me however so many gamers underneath his steering went on to play for India. We’re indebted to him,” Sradhanjali, who made her India debut in 1997, stated.
Born on March 16, 1956, in Baripada city of Mayurbhanj district, Patnaik represented Odisha in Junior Soccer Championship in 1977 and 1978.
It was in 1995 when Patnaik started teaching girls footballers with a dream of manufacturing footballers from Odisha who would don nationwide colors. For his dedication and dedication in direction of the rise of girls’s soccer within the state, Patnaik was bestowed with the Biju Patnaik Award in 2015.
“He was a really passionate man. For him, soccer got here first then household and he was all the time the primary particular person to be on the bottom,” Sradhanjali stated.
Patnaik, who labored with the Accountant Normal Workplace in Bhubaneswar used to supply free coaching to the lesser privileged ladies. Together with the Soccer Affiliation of Odisha, the coach additionally performed a key function in securing jobs for a lot of girls footballers within the state. Even after his retirement, Patnaik was keenly concerned in nurturing grassroots expertise and was concerned with the FAO in numerous capacities.
Many outstanding personalities together with Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik paid wealthy tributes.