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August 23, 2015

Mohunbagan is the heritage of India: Mamata Banerjee

Mohunbagan is the heritage of India: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced Rs 1.5 crore cash incentive for I-League champions Mohunbagan.

Felicitating the triumphant Mohunbagan at the club’s 125th year celebration, Mamata Banerjee also announced Rs 50 lakh each for both East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and 10 lakh each for the eight Premier Division clubs of the state football body IFA.

“At present I feel Mohunbagan’s immediate requirement is to renovate the floodlights for which I’m announcing Rs one crore,” Mamata said.

“At the moment Mohunbagan will get one crore more for their fabulous show last season,” she said.

Crediting the success to the team as well as the fans in equal measure, Mamata said: “We all know the difficulties faced by the Kolkata clubs but it’s the fans who supported the team braving rain, summer and winter that had contributed to the team’s success. May the players and fans continue the legacy of Mohunbagan in the years to come.”

The state government will further felicitate the team at a function in December, she said.

“Every year we celebrate sports and youth day on January 10 and 12 respectively but this time we will advance it to December this year to felicitate the Mohunbagan team,” Mamata said.

She further said the momentous occasion of the 125th year for Mohunbagan should continue for at least a year.