Bagan in Kalimpong

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, July 28: Mohun Bagan will play an exhibition match against the Kalimpong Sports Association (KSA) XI at Mela Ground on August 5 as part of the Calcutta giant’s pre-season training that starts here on Friday.

The National League runners-up will arrive here on Thursday for the week-long camp that will be held at the football ground of Dr Graham’s Homes. The team will be staying at the Deolo Tourist Lodge of the DGHC.

The players will also be using the swimming pool at Pudung during their stay here. Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra said over the phone from Calcutta that the proceeds from the exhibition match would go towards the KSA-run non-residential football-training programme for local talents.

“The match will be organised by the KSA. The pricing of tickets will also be decided by them,” he said.

The president of KSA, Urgen ‘Mini’ Lama, said the match would give his boys an opportunity to test their skills against a top-notch team like Bagan. “We will finalise our team within the next few days.”

Prior to the 1999 SAF Games, the Indian football team had trained here.

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