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AIFF’s Fitting Tribute to PK Banerjee: His Birthday Declared as Grassroots Day

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On Friday, the apex body of Indian football– the All India Football Federation, declared that June 23, the birthday of Indian football legend Pradip Kumar Banerjee, will now be celebrated as ‘AIFF Grassroots Day’.

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Banerjee, who was popularly known as PK, had a brilliant career as a player, having captained the Indian team at the 1960 Rome Olympics, and also achieved huge success as a coach.

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AIFF Secretary General Shaji Prabhakaran stated while explaining the reason behind choosing PK’s birthday as AIFF Grassroots Day,

 “We often forget Pradip da was a teacher par excellence too. Once he hung up his boots, he took up coaching and for the next 30 years, produced an array of players, who excelled at the national and international levels.

“While his role as a national and a club coach is much discussed, the Indian football fraternity cannot forget PK da’s contribution at the grassroots level, his leadership at the Tata Football Academy, his ability to inspire and fine-tune the budding talents.”

Banerjee was an exceptional footballer who played a crucial role in India’s momentous gold medal victory at the 1962 Asian Games.

FIFA ran its first coaching course in 1969 in Japan under German coach Dettmar Cramer, known as the football professor in the international circuit, Banerjee enrolled in the course and successfully obtained a first-class degree. For several weeks, his coaching course was featured on Doordarshan.

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The President of AIFF, Kalyan Chaubey paid tribute to Banerjee, who passed away in March 2020, and pledged to uphold his legacy by promoting the continuous growth of the sport.

He Stated,

“No words I use will be enough to honour Pradip da’s contribution to Indian football,”

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