Terming the event a milestone for Indian sport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Kolkata soccer membership East Bengal for completing 100 years.
PM Modi hailed the soccer and sports-loving tradition of West Bengal and wished extra success for the century previous membership.
“Best wishes to generations of footballers, members and of course supporters on the centenary of @eastbengalfc. This is a milestone for Indian sport, and for the football traditions and sports-loving culture of West Bengal. May the East Bengal Mashal forever illuminate the Maidan!” tweeted PM Modi.
Best needs to generations of footballers, members and naturally supporters on the centenary of @eastbengalfc. This is a milestone for Indian sport, and for the soccer traditions and sports-loving tradition of West Bengal. May the East Bengal Mashal without end illuminate the Maidan!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 1, 2020
Born out of adversity in 1920, East Bengal grew on to grow to be one among India’s most profitable golf equipment whereas forming an epic rivalry with the 131-year-old Mohun Bagan, whose tent lies few metres away.
But with out a sponsor the membership is struggling to comply with Mohun Bagan into the top-tier Indian Super League.
Bhaichung Bhutia, one of the vital embellished gamers of Indian soccer, mentioned ISL’s “branding will only go up” by the inclusion of his former membership.
“As an East Bengal fan, player, person, we all like to see East Bengal play the top tier league in the country which is ISL right now. We want to see East Bengal in ISL, everybody should work towards that and it should be our aim.
“But if you are not in the ISL this year, if East Bengal missed out and they (Football Sports Development Limited) are not increasing the teams, and we don’t get an investor, which we want, then we got to accept things and keep trying for the future,” Bhutia mentioned.
(With PTI inputs)