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PM Modi, Sports Minister Congratulate Mohun Bagan as Kolkata Cub is Handed 2019-20 I-League Trophy

Mohun Bagan (Photo Credit: AIFF)

Mohun Bagan (Photo Credit: AIFF)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Mohun Bagan as they handed the I-League 2019-20 trophy after winning the title back in March.

The I-League 2019-20 trophy was handed over to the champions Mohun Bagan at a city hotel in Kolkata on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mohun Bagan on the "joyful occasion".

"Congratulations to the players, staff and fans of the illustrious Mohun Bagan for emerging as I-League champions! Indeed, a joyful occasion," PM Modi tweeted.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also lauded the Kolkata team and wished luck for their Indian Super League campaign.

Shri Aroop Biswas, Minister of Public Works and Youth Services & Sports of West Bengal; Mr Sunando Dhar, CEO, Leagues, All India Football Federation; Mr Jaydeep Mukherjee, General Secretary, Indian Football Association (IFA) were present alongside Mohun Bagan officials and players.

Sunando Dhar highlighted that the Mariners played the “best brand of football” to conquer the I-League in 2019-20 season.

“The football Mohun Bagan presented us in this season was exceptional. Since the starting of the season they played with the authority and conviction. On behalf of the All India Football Federation I would like to congratulate entire Mohun Bagan family,” Mr. Dhar stated.

“Mr Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF would have been here with us but unfortunately he could not because of his personal loss. He has also sent his best wishes for Mohun Bagan,” Dhar mentioned.

Mr. Aroop Biswas labelled the century-old club as an institution whose “path-breaking journey is important” while congratulating them for their historic feat.

“I would like to congratulate Mohun Bagan from the bottom of my heart for their stupendous success. I would request the century-old club to strengthen their Academy so more Bengali youngsters get the opportunity to represent at the highest stage,” he averred.

“For an institution like Mohun Bagan winning a trophy is not the primary target. For a club that has won 200-odd trophies over time, the path-breaking journey is more important”, he said.

Jaydeep Mukherjee, Secretary, Indian Football Association said: “Congratulations to Mohun Bagan. They need to be applauded for their tremendous effort. Their performance speaks volume and their I-League triumph has brought further glory to Bengal Football. Shri Aroop Biswas has always guided us. Without his support, we couldn’t have organised I-League qualifiers successfully. Now, we’ll look forward to next edition of organising I-League 2020-21 successfully.”


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