Former Indian footballer Hamza Koya passes away due to coronavirus
Former Mohun Bagan player Hamza Koya dies at 61 after testing positive for Coronavirus.
Former football player Hamza Koya passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Malappuram, Kerala, after testing positive for Coronavirus.
On May 26, the late footballer had developed COVID-19 symptoms and was moved to the Manjeri Medical College hospital in Mallapuram. Two days back he developed breathing problems and was put on a ventilator but his health worsened and he passed away on Saturday.
The official Twitter handle of the Indian National Football Team & All India Football Federation (AIFF) offered condolences on the same and tweeted, “We mourn the loss of former footballer Hamza Koya, who lost his battle against COVID-19 in a Malappuram hospital today. He had represented Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy, and had been called up for the National Team camps on 2 occasions.
Check out the tweet here:
We mourn the loss of former footballer Hamza Koya, who lost his battle against COVID-19 in a Malappuram hospital today. He had represented Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy, and had been called up for the National Team camps on 2 occasions.#RestInPeace 💐
📸: Manjappada pic.twitter.com/Y407mXc4j9
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 6, 2020
Hamza Koya had returned to his hometown of Parappanangadi on May 21, 2020, and had been quarantined ever since. His five family members have also been tested positive and are currently undergoing treatment.
Malappuram District Medical Officer Dr. K Sakeena told PTI, “His wife and son tested positive for the virus first in his family. Later, Hamza Koya was also tested positive for the virus and had been under treatment at the medical college.”
“His daughter-in-law and two of his grandchildren have also tested positive and are under medical observation,” Dr. Sakeena said.
The last rites of Koya will be conducted under the Coronavirus customs by the health authorities.