AIFF condoles the demise of former winger Surjit Sengupta
Digital Desk, New Delhi. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has condoled the demise of former India international winger Surjit Sengupta in Kolkata on Thursday.
Sengupta (who made his international debut on 24 July 1974 against Thailand in the Maderka Cup in Kuala Lumpur) represented India in 14 international matches and scored one goal in the process, which came against Kuwait in the 1978 Asian Games was.
Over the years he represented the Blue Tigers in the Asian Games in 1974 and the Maderka Cup in 1974–1978, the President’s Cup in Seoul in 1977 and international friendlies against the UAE and Bahrain (1979).
In his condolence message, All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said, “Saddened to hear that one of the most skilful wingers in the history of Indian football, Surjit-da is no more.” His invaluable contribution to Indian football will always be with us and will never be forgotten. My condolences to his family.
All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said, Surjit Sengupta will live forever in his achievements. He was an extremely clever winger who has been an inspiration for many generations. My condolences to his family. may his soul rest in peace.
At the domestic level, Sengupta was part of the victorious Bengal Santosh Trophy teams in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978, scoring 26 goals.
Furthermore, he also represented Mohammedan Sporting in 1980, where he scored one goal for them. He was part of the victorious Sporting team that won the Sikkim Gold Cup, DCM Trophy and Rovers Cup (joint winners) that season.
He was awarded the East Bengal Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.