Former Indian soccer player Thomas Sebastian died at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram early on Monday. He was 46. Sebastian, who passed away in his sleep, had suffered a heart attack. The funeral takes place in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, family sources said.
Born into a poor family in a coastal village in this Kerala capital, Sebastian began playing football on the streets when he was a schoolboy. A local club spotted his talent and helped him become a better player.
Sebastian's great achievement was that he donned the Indian jersey first in the early 1980s and was selected to the Kerala team later.
He played for India for four years and for Kerala for seven years. In 1988, he led Kerala in the Santosh Trophy final at Kollam where the state finished runners-up to Punjab.
Sebastian, who was known to move the ball with lightning speed, played for a club in Bahrain. He retired from active football in the early 1990s and was often seen giving tips to the Travancore Titanium team where he worked.