PM Narendra Modi Felicitates P K Banerjee & Other football legends

October 8th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
PM Narendra Modi Felicitates P K Banerjee & Other football legends


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi felicitated Olympian P K Banerjee, Sayeed Nayeemuddin, Baichung Bhutia, Bhaskar Ganguly and some other former national football players and coaches before the commencement of the FIFA World Cup for Under 17 at the New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Stadium on Friday. Minister for Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also an Olympian, and All India Football Federation President Praful Patel and other distinguished persons were also present on the occasion. Later, PM , The Sports Minister and  Praful Patel sat through  the  match between India and USA  teams .Indian colts were defeated by three zero in their first  outing in the  24 –team international  event.

Jalpaiguri born Pradeep Kumar Banerjee, now 80, also known as P.K. Banerjee or PK in the soccer world, is a distinguished former Indian footballer and football coach. The Olympian had made 84 appearances for India, scoring 65 goals during the course of his career. He had studied in Jalpaiguri Zilla School and completed his schooling in Jamshedpur. He made his debut in 1951 at the age of 15 when he represented Bihar in the Santosh Trophy. In 1954, he moved to Kolkata and joined the Mohun Bagan FA, India’s oldest football club. Later, he joined Kolkata headquartered Eastern Railway which became his next home and where he spent the rest of his career. He made his debut for the national team in the 1955 Quadrangular tournament in Dhaka at the age of 19.The Arjuna Awardee footballer turned national Coach had several offers from the East Bengal FC and Mohun Bagan, but being the eldest of seven siblings he had to forgo his dream of playing in a prestigious club as job security was his primary concern. He was an unconventional player, a crowd favourite who practiced with a wet ball by kicking it against a wall, says Wikipedia.PK represented India in 1956 Olympics in Melbourne where he played a vital role in India thrashing and stunning the hosts Australia 4-2 in the quarterfinals. Even though he wasn’t able to get on the score sheet, he created 3 goals, as a Neville De’Souza hat-trick coupled with a goal from J. Krishnaswamy would cap off one of India’s most famous days in their football history. He then captained India at the 1960 Olympics in Rome where he scored an equaliser against the formidable French team in a 1-1 draw. He considers this goal to be one of his memorable goals. Sayeed Nayeemuddin, born in 1944, is a prominent football player turned Coach. He had played for and captained the Indian National Team, Mahindra United, Brothers Union, India and Bangladesh. As of now, he is remains the only sports-person to win both the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards for football.Nayeemuddin was appointed coach of India in 1997. He won the South Asian Football Federation Cup by beating the Maldives 5–1 and reached the semi-finals of the Nehru Cup for the first time.  

Magan Singh Rajvi  is a former Indian football player  from Rajasthan. He was given Arjuna Award in 1973 for his achievement as a football player. Bhaskar Ganguly is a former Indian football goalkeeper from West Bengal. He was the captain of India national football team which participated in the 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi. He had also played for the nation team in several International soccer tournaments with great success during his career in the club from 1976–1989 and again from 1991-1992. Others felicitated by the Prime Minister included I M Vijayan, Sunil Chhetri and Bembem Devi. PM Modi presented all of them with a shawl and a memento.

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