In the AFC Cup Group D match at the Salt Lake Yuvabharati Stadium on Wednesday, I-League winners Gokulam Kerala FC defeated Indian Super League (ISL) side ATK Mohun Bagan 4-2. Luka Mejsen, Rishad Puthanvitil and Jithin Subra scored one goal each for the winning team. The loss of ATK Mohun Bagan was narrowed down by Pritam Kotal and Liston Kolako.
However, everyone’s attention was drawn to the fact that Shrinjoy Bose, the former secretary of the Mohun Bagan Club, along with other members of the spectators, saw his favorite club in action from the stadium’s usual stand.
Mohun Bagan fans were amazed to see the boss in the concrete gallery with his son Arinjay sitting on the 14th ramp of the stadium in the crowd. People were left wondering why the former general secretary had revealed the facility of air-conditioned VIP boxes in favor of the general stand in the scorching heat.
Bose, however, dismissed the issue, saying that in his younger days he started enjoying the game of football as a normal member of the stand and was bringing back the habit. He said he plans to watch all the upcoming matches from the general audience.
While Bose was watching the game in the middle of the crowd, the air-conditioned VIP box of Yuva Bharti Stadium was buzzing with the crowd of officials like Debashis Dutt, Babun Bandopadhyay, Uttam Sahad. However, after half time, many of them joined the boss in the stands.
Many are speculating that Bose’s personal differences or animosity with other members of the club may have contributed to his decision not to join the VIP box. Bose resigned as the club’s general secretary in November last year for personal reasons.