FIFA World Cup Qualifier: P.K. Banerjee not yet invited for India vs Bangladesh

Indian football legend P.K. Banerjee claimed he was not yet invited for India's World Cup qualifier game against Bangladesh, which will be held in Kolkata.

P.K. Banerjee also said that Bangladesh may have been lowly ranked but it could give India a good fight.   -  G.P SAMPATH KUMAR

Legendary footballer P. K. Banerjee on Monday lamented that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is yet to invite him to watch the India-Bangladesh World Cup qualifier at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Excitement for India’s group E clash is at an all time high especially after it secured a historic draw against Asian champion Qatar in its away fixture last month.

This is for the first time after eight years India will play at the iconic Saltlake Stadium as all the tickets have been sold out well in advance.

Banerjee, who stays in the close proximity to the stadium, is also thrilled but rued that he’s yet to get an invitation.

“I’m really excited to see the match. If they invite, I would like to go and watch the full match. But till now, I’ve not got any invitation. I hope they invite me tomorrow,” the 83-year-old told PTI .

Banerjee said Bangladesh may have been lowly ranked but it could give India a good fight.

“India team has improved a lot in the recent past... But it won’t be an easy match. The visitors are expected to put up a fight but ultimately India will win,” the 1962 Asian Games winner concluded.

India last played in Kolkata on November 16, 2011 in a friendly match against Malaysia when it won 3-2 with Sunil Chhetri setting up the win with a double strike.

Since then, the gigantic Salt Lake Stadium has gone through a facelift as it hosted the Under-17 World Cup summit clash in 2017.

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