Footballing great Mario Coluna dies, aged 78

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Footballing great Mario Coluna dies, aged 78

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Less than two months after the death of Eusébio, Mozambique, Portugal and SL Benfica are mourning the loss of another footballing great, his teammate Mario Coluna.

Coluna succumbed to a heart attack on Tuesday, aged 78.

Born in Mozambique, he moved to Lisbon to play for Benfica in 1954. He went on to play 677 matches in over 16 years with the club.

Coluna also played 57 times for the Portuguese national team, scoring eight goals.

At the end of his playing career, he went on to coach Mozambique, before becoming the head of the country’s football federation and sports minister.