FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has conveyed his shock and sadness at the passing of Alex Kateete, a Ugandan striker on the books of Indian Second Division outfit George Telegraph.
The 24-year-old, lauded by his coach, Raghu Nandy as "very disciplined and always a team man", died last Tuesday just hours after scoring on his debut for the Calcutta club.
In a letter to Albert Colaco, General Secretary of the All India Football Federation, the FIFA President wrote: "It is with a sad heart that I write to you today, having learned of the tragic passing of Alex Kateete. On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Indian as well as to the Ugandan football community and, most importantly, to Alex Kateete's family, friends and loved ones.
"Please let them know that today the football community stands by their side. We would hope that in some way, our words of support may bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness."