Shillong, Oct 2: The death of Langsning goalkeeping coach Matheus Khyriem yesterday has left the Meghalaya football community in shock.
Langsning made the announcement on Facebook late last night. This is the second death in recent times of a person close to the club after that of David Lyngdoh, who passed away last month.
In breaking the news the club wrote, “He has been a great asset to the club and his undying contribution and support shall never be forgotten.”
Tributes have also been coming in from the wider community.
“A sad day for me personally,” coach Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet said. “He was a good person. A straight forward person and always ready to help. A fantastic motivator and true quality of a good sensible coach. May his soul rest in peace.”
Fellow coach Thangboi Singto said, “Heartfelt condolences. Always with a warm smile whenever we met. May his soul rest in eternal peace. A big loss for Langsning FC and Meghalaya football fraternity.”
Plenty of footballers also paid their condolences, like former Langsning captain Brolington Warlarpih, Donborlang Nongkynrih and the club’s ex-junior goalkeeper Eric Nongkhlaw, who wrote on Instagram, “Thanks for everything sir… thanks for making me for who I am today.” The Shillong Referees Society also sent their condolences to the bereaved family.
Khyriem, a resident of Mawlai Phudmuri, had played in the past for Langsning, Shillong Lajong, Riatsamthiah and Wahingdoh. After hanging up his boots, he undertook a course to become a qualified coach.
Khyriem had also served as manager to Meghalaya state teams, such as those that took part in the Santosh Trophy.