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Shibaji Banerjee kicks the bucket, FIFA Prez sends Condolenses

Soma Banerjee  |  Mohun Bagan  |  1 Year Ago

The end of an era…

 

The legendary Indian International Goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee kicked the bucket after a sudden heart-attack in Kolkata yesterday. His body has been cremated today with State honour, after his dead body was taken to Mohun Bagan stadium for the fans to pay their final tribute. Shibaji was 66 years old.

 

Shibaji has served in a 3 member technical committee at Mohun Bagan and has been a part of the family for 11 long years from 1976-1987. The Mariners have won 34 trophies with Shibaji by their side as he has been known for his Clean Sheets against the Arch-Rivals East Bengal between 1977 to 1981. However, he earned a Legendary name among fans in the matches against Cosmos and the Ararat Yerevan, the 2 best foreign teams to have ever played in India. Against Cosmos, not only did he deprive Pele on an one-to-one situation, he made a brilliant save of a typical Pele free-kick which earned him all the praise from the soccer legend himself. Another memorable game of his career had been the IFA Shield final against the USSR champions Ararat Erevan. Ararat was the No. 10 team in Europe at that time. He had to make many saves in that game, as the Shield final ended in a 2-2 draw. Shibaji also became the tie-breaker/spot-kick specialist and his safe hands in such situations ensured many a victory for Mohun Bagan.

 

Not only did his fans, FIFA President Gianni Infantino also sent a letter of condolence to AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel conveying his Deepest Sympathy.

 

In his letter he wrote, “Please accept my deepest condolences on hearing that former India national team goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee has passed away.

 

On behalf of the members of the International football community, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

 

We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”

 

 






 

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