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‘I hope they invite me,’ Legendary footballer PK Banerjee yet to get ticket for India-Bangladesh match in Kolkata

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.

football Updated: Oct 14, 2019 22:58 IST
Press Trust of India
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PK Banerjee hopes to get invited to India vs Bangladesh tie in Kolkata.
PK Banerjee hopes to get invited to India vs Bangladesh tie in Kolkata.(Twitter/Reuters)
         

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 Saltlake Stadium here on Tuesday. Excitement for India’s group E clash is at an all time high especially after they secured a historic draw against Asian champions Qatar in their 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.

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

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“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 from his Saltlake residence.

Banerjee said Bangladesh may have been lowly ranked but they would 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 they won 3-2 with Sunil Chhetri setting up the win with a double strike.

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