Olympiad and Mohun Bagan’s star player Kesto Pal passed away this morning. Kesta Pal was selected for the Olympic team in 1956. In 1956 Mohun Bagan lifted the Rovers Cup for the first time. Then Mohun Bagan lifted both the Calcutta crowns by becoming League and IFA Shield champions. Including this year’s victory, Club won League for 3 consecutive times. Kesto Pal was a key contributor for Mohun Bagan that year.
1956 – Mohun Bagan.
He was among the nine surviving members of Indian football squad that made into semifinals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games who have decided to return the grant of Rs 25,000 sent to them by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) recently.
AIFF’s decision was strongly criticised by the football fraternity. Pal felt that they were treated as beggars, as the amount given by them is nothing as compared to their achievement.
Standing from the left: Subhasish Guha, Samar Banerjee, Kesta Paul, Chandan Singh, Susheel Guha, Sailen Manna. At the ground from left: Raman, S.Sen, Robin Guha, Narsia and Chuni Goswami.