23September2018

Andaman Chronicle

The Daily Diary of the Islands

Sports Fraternity Shocked Over Demise of Legendary Footballer Wellington Cyrill

Car Nicobar, Aug. 28: Renowned veteran national Footballer of the Islands and Ex-Primary School Teacher Shri Wellington Cyrill passed away last mid night at his residence at Small Lapathy, after long illness. He is survived by his Wife Mrs. Consisa and 4 children.

Hundreds of people from different villages started coming to his residence, the moment they heard the news of the death of this 64 years old legendry footballer. The body was cremated around 11 am at the small Lapathy grave yard.

Calling him an Iconic Sportsman, the first captain of Small Lapathy Mrs. Ireena Mark told that he was the role model to the younger aspirants of football. With his death not only Car Nicobar but the entire Sports fraternity of this Islands has lost a legendry Sportsman.

Sharing her emotions the wife of Shri Wellington Mrs. Consisa said, he always wanted to see the Islands young Sportsmen reach the pinnacle of glory in the field of Sports.

The Education Officer Shri H. Nathaniel Condoling his death informed that during his School days Wellington represented the Islands Football team in the Prestigious National Subroto Mukherjee Cup Championship for three consecutive years; from 1964 to 1966. People still remember the news which they heard that in one of the matches Wellington alone scored 11 goals in the crucial match of the Tournament. Impressed by his outstanding play, the National Selectors chose him for the Junior Asian Championship. Later he was selected by the apex Football club of the country Mohan Bagan, for which he played for one year and played crucial role in many of the victories of the team.

Meanwhile he got job in the Education Department to work as Primary School Teacher after formal training. Soon after, he was selected for the Officer’s Training of NCC-Naval Wing. He served with distinction on this post and inspired many students to join NCC and dedicate them in the service of Nation. 

Recipients of many wards Shri Wellington was conferred the life time Achievement Award on the National Sports Day in 2008, by the Department of Sports.

A young Physical Education Teacher of Tapoiming School and a very good Sportsman, Shri Thompson William told that he always used to come on the fields and gave tips to the young Footballers. We are going to miss him, he said.