KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club are in a state of mourning following the passing of former Black Panthers Technical Director Pradip Kumar Banerjee on Friday after battling a prolonged illness. He was 83.
The 1962 Jakarta Asian Games gold-medallist was suffering from respiratory problems due to pneumonia.
“I have received the devastating news of Pradip Sir’s passing,” laments Mohammedan Sporting Club General Manager SK. Wasim Akram. “I am still reeling from the shock of hearing this sad news.”
“Pradip Sir may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His memory will linger on in the hearts and minds of the Mohammedan Sporting Club faithfuls.” he further added.
Banerjee was Black Panthers’ Technical Director during their maiden National Football League campaign in 2003/04.
Born on June 23, 1936 in Moynaguri, Banerjee scored 65 international goals in 84 appearances for the Indian national team.
Besides winning the gold medal at the Asian Games in 1962, Banerjee led India in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Before that, he represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Banerjee’s contribution to Indian football was duly recognised by the world governing body FIFA that awarded him the Centennial Order of Merit in 2004.