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Mombasa soccer legend Manuel 'Effie' Antao dies in Australia

Effie Antao In Memoriam: MANUEL ‘EFFIE’ ANTAO. Born 21/01/1934 Mombasa. Died 5/10/2017 Sydney Australia.

Another former Liverpool and Mombasa representative player, Manuel "Effie" Antao has passed away in Sydney in Australia, writes Cyprian Fernandes.
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In the 1960s and 1070s heyday of Mombasa football, Effie Antao was one of the most respected centre-halves in the country.

He played the bulk of his soccer for Liverpool (Mombasa) but also represented Goan Institute Mombasa and the Mombasa District.

He was a very a strong man and one of the toughest players to play against.

He stood his ground and never gave way to any player. He was also very nimble on his feet for a big man.

Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic about this much loved football star was that he had one of the hardest kicks anywhere in East Africa.

There were man goal post net that looked a sorry site with holes punctured in their by Effie’s powerful free kicks.

  Manuel "Effie" Antao has passed away in Australia | Coastweek

Manuel 'Effie' Antao has passed away in Australia.
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As tough as he was, he also had a twinkle in eye and was always game for a joke or two. His other love in those early days was tinkering in car engines.

He eventually turned this interest into a full time job and was one of the most sought after mechanics at the Coast.
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His fame as a mechanic followed him to Sydney Australia when he migrated there.

There used to be a regular queue of friends waiting to have their cars fixed outside Effie’s home in Sydney’s West, Toongabbie.

His favourite car in Mombasa was an old Morris.
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Also, apart from football, Effie was a hockey player a captain of Mombasa Goan School ex-students team

His famous cousin Seraphino Antao used to play football with Effie and others.

On one occasion, Effie asked Seraphino if he would like to take part in an East African Railways and Harbours athletics meeting in 1956.

Seraphino worked for the Landing and Shipping company which had some association with the Harbour activities.

Effie took part in Shot Put.

Seraphino ran barefoot and did well.

This was the start of his athletic career so a lot of credit to Effie.

Also, apart from football, Effie was a hockey player a captain of Mombasa Goan School ex-students team.

In Australia he also enjoyed a game of snooker at the Blacktown Workers Club or at his "local" the Toongabbie Sport and Bowling Club where his wake will be held after the burial on Friday, October 13.

  Pascoal Antao, Eddie Rodrigues, Seraphino Antao, Diogo Pinto, and Effie Antao. | Coastweek

Just pals Mombasa … Pascoal Antao, Eddie Rodrigues, Seraphino Antao, Diogo Pinto, and Effie Antao.

Salcete village team: On the ground: Gonzac Fernandes, Martin Gonsalves. Second row: Jack Fernandes, Effie Antao, Bernard D’Souza, Joe Gonsalves, Joe D’Costa. Standing: Rui Mergulaun, Seraphino Antao, (?) (?) Pascoal Antao. | Coastweek

Salcete village team: On the ground: Gonzac Fernandes, Martin Gonsalves. Second row: Jack Fernandes, Effie Antao, Bernard D’Souza, Joe Gonsalves, Joe D’Costa. Standing: Rui Mergulaun, Seraphino Antao, (?) (?) Pascoal Antao.

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Mass: Friday 13 October 2017 at 11.00 am

St.Anthony’s Church

27-33 Aurelia Street

Toongabbie NSW 2146

Australia

Followed by

Burial: Friday 13 October 2017

Pine Grove Memorial Park

Kington Street

Garden of Calvary

7, Minchinbury NSW.

Effie was pre-deceased by his wife Linda.

He is survived by his daughter Evelyn (Graham Irving) and grandchildren Charlotte and James, by his sister Philo (Rex D’Souza) brother Elvino (Elisa) and several nephews and nieces.

Condolences to Evelyn Irving: evvve@hotmail.com

 

Author, journalist and music lover Cyprian Fernandes

Former Nation Chief Reporter Cyprian Fernandes is a veteran investigative journalist who currently lives in Sydney Australia.

             

 

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