The club for which K. Kulothungan got most of the laurels during his playing career, East Bengal, mourned the passing away of its former midfielder by flying the flag half-mast.

East Bengal remembered the historic ASEAN Cup win in which Kulothungan played a prominent role.

“He (Kulothungan) was a member of the East Bengal team which won the LG Asean Club Cup at Jakarta in 2003.

“He scored seven goals for the club including one in the final of the Durand Cup 2002 against Army XI. He also won the NFL twice, the IFA Shield and the Calcutta Football league twice.

“The club conveys its condolences to his family,” said a statement from East Bengal.

One of Kulothungan’s midfield colleagues, Alvito D’Cunha, also expressed his grief at the untimely passing away of his one-time teammate.

“He was a fantastic player and showed remarkable poise and control.

“We all remember him as a player gifted with an excellent first touch,” Alvito said.

“I heard the sad news from another former player M. Suresh early in the morning. I was so shocked that I took some time to gather my wits. Kulothungan is part of the best memories of my coaching career and his shocking death leaves a void that could never be filled,” said Subhash Bhowmick, the present East Bengal coach who was also there when the team won the ASEAN Cup and the NFLs.

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