Former Santosh Trophy player Hamza Koya passed away after undergoing plasma therapy for Covid-19 infection in Kerala. He was 61.Hamza Koya who hails from Parappanangadi in Malappuram district had been living in Mumbai and arrived in the state on May 21 along with his wife son and his family.His wife and son also tested positive after arriving in Kerala and are undergoing treatment.
His daughter in law and two grandchildren including a three month old baby were also tested positive along with him. They are undergoing treatment at Manjeri Medical College.After retirement he floated Careerline Travel Consultant Pvt Ltd in Mumbai.His son is also a soccer player.P.P.Thobias former Santosh Trophy player and Deputy Commandant in Kerala police remembered him as a gentle man in ground and widely appreciated defence player.
Hamza Koya played as a wing back position and represented Maharashtra in Santosh Trophy from 1981 to 1986 and selected for Indian Soccer camp twice.According to a medical bulletin issued by Manjeri Medical College Hamzas condition turned critical and he was given plasma therapy on June 5 with the permission of the medical board.He passed away late at night.Dekho hun bhart ch kis mahan khiladi di hoi mautt ke sare pase chaa gea matam.Video dekh kr share krna na buleo.Now Kerala accounts 15 deaths due to Covid-19and 11 persons died during the last three weeks.