Indian Football Legend PK Banerjee, 83, Dies

Legendary India footballer PK Banerjee died in Kolkata on Friday after battling extended sickness © AFP

Legendary India footballer PK Banerjee died in Kolkata on Friday after battling extended sickness. He was 83. Banerjee is survived by daughters Paula and Purna, who’re famend academicians, and youthful brother Prasun Banerjee, who’s a sitting Trinamool Congress MP. The 1962 Asian Video games gold-medallist, whose finest days as a striker coincided with Indian soccer’s golden period, was affected by respiratory issues as a result of pneumonia. He additionally had an underlying historical past of Parkinson’s illness, dementia and coronary heart downside.

He was on life assist at a hospital Kolkata since March 2 and breathed his final at 12:40pm, in response to a member of the family.

Born on June 23, 1936 in Moynaguri on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, Banerjee’s household relocated to his uncle’s place in Jamshedpur earlier than partition.

He scored 65 worldwide targets in 84 look for the nationwide staff.

Apart from successful the gold medal on the Jakarta Asian Video games in 1992, Banerjee led India within the 1960 Rome Olympics, the place he scored the equaliser in opposition to a formidable French staff in a 1-1 draw.

Earlier than that, Banerjee represented India within the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and performed a key function of their Four-2 win over Australia within the quarterfinals.

Banerjee’s contribution to Indian soccer was duly recognised by the world governing physique FIFA that awarded him the Centennial Order of Benefit in 2004.

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