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In remembrance: Mohun Bagan pay homage to Chuni Goswami, PK Banerjee

Sayan Mukherjee

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Kolkata: Mohun Bagan Athletic club commemorated the celebrated football careers of Subimal ‘Chuni’ Goswami and PK Banerjee by renaming their Maidan club entrance and a proposed gymnasium, respectively, in their honour through a nostalgia-filled ceremony on Wednesday.

Goswami, who captained the 1962 Asian Games gold-winning team, died on April 30 last year after suffering a cardiac arrest while his international team-mate and legendary footballer-coach Banerjee passed away on March 20 after prolonged illness.

Mohun Bagan also received mementoes from Banerjee (Blazer) and Goswami’s (Jersey) families that would adorn the proposed club museum’s walls during the event, which was as emotional as it was sentimental.

“The club gate will be renamed on the name of Padmashree Chuni Goswami and the club gymnasium will be renamed on the name of Padmashree PK Banerjee,” Mohun Bagan secretary Srinjoy Bose announced during the event.

The programme was illuminated by the presence of yesteryear greats of Indian football spanning five decades. They shared interesting anecdotes regarding their association with the two bonafide legends of Indian football.

Goswami’s wife Basanti and Banerjee’s daughter Paula also shared memories of their association with the two departed, but fondly remembered, souls.

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Sayan Mukherjee is the Content Head at Sports Lounge. He has over 10 years of experience in sports journalism (print and digital) having worked for some of the leading media organisations in the country including The Statesman, The Asian Age, IANS and Sports Illustrated.