Kolkata: Kolkata football giants SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan clubs on Thursday paid tributes to former India winger Surajit Sengupta, who passed away following Covid-19 complications.
In a tweet, East Bengal said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of club legend Surajit Sengupta. Our thoughts are with his family. You will live forever in that hallowed red and gold. Rest in Peace, sir.” “We observed a minute’s silence before training this afternoon to pay our tribute to club legend Surajit Sengupta.
You will live in our hearts forever.” ATK Mohun Bagan tweeted, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Surajit Sengupta, whose skill and guile dazzled Kolkata football fans for years. Go well, Legend! Forever in our hearts.” People from all walks of life were saddened by the death of the legendary winger, whose artistry and skills had been a huge crowd puller during his playing days. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim tweeted, “Veteran footballer Surajit Sengupta is no more.
A gentlemen man on the field & off of it as well, he was a perfect example of sportsmanship. He will be in our hearts forever. My deepest condolences.” In a tweet, singer-cum-politician Babul Supriyo said, “Another Bright Special Shining Star leaves us today-the iconic footballer Surajit Sengupta. A genuine Ball-Player par excellence. In spite of being a diehard #MohunBagan fan, we saw arch-rival matches of #EastBengal to relish his Ball Play. An astute gentleman #GoneTooSoon.” “A huge loss to Indian Football!! Forget about previous Govts, even as a Minister in the present Govt, I had told #Doordarshan several times to archive/digitise the matches they telecast LIVE since their starting days but nothing happened. We do not have any ‘available’ footage,” he said. Celebrated Indian footballer of yesteryears Sengupta, 90, died at 1:54 PM after being placed on ventilator for 19 days.