Former India goalkeeper AU Celestine died in Chennai after a brief illness, his family said. He was 73 and is survived by his wife and son.
Celestine passed away at a hospital late on Monday night where he was undergoing treatment. He had represented India in the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia in 1969.
A cartilage injury cut short his football career and he later took up coaching and trained the Tamil Nadu state teams (junior, sub-junior and women).
Celestine was also a talent spotter for the All India Football Federation.