In a goof-up by the organisers, former goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly was not called for felicitation by prime minister Narendra Modi just before India’s U-17 World Cup tournament opener against USA, despite his name being there in the list.
Modi felicitated the captains of Indian football teams that played in the Asian Games. But, when Ganguly’s name was called after PK Banerjee and Syed Nayeemuddin, Rajasthan footballer Magan Singh Rajvi came out and received the shawl and memento.
“There was a mix-up but as soon as we came to know of it, we decided to rectify it. Bhaskar was later felicitated privately at the half-time of the India vs USA match. We also apologised to him for the incident,” an official from the organisers of the felicitation ceremony was quoted as saying by PTI. IM Vijayan, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, Joachim Abranches and Bembem Devi were also felicitated.