A former Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan sporting professional, Radhakrishnan Dhanrajan died of cardiac arrest December 29, 2019 while playing in an All India sevens tournament at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district of Kerala.
The members of players forum along with the Indian Football Association and Income Tax recreation club have now come together to play a charity match to support the family of Dhanrajan. The members include the likes of Arnab Mondal, Mehtab Hossain, Rahim Nabi, Denson Devadas and several others. It has been decided to handover the entire gate revenue to the late footballer’s family. The match will be played of February 19 at 2 pm IST.
“Obviously, we can’t get Dhanarajan back to his family. But, this is what we can do from our end. He played in the Kolkata Maidan for long and the football-loving crowd of Bengal will never forget him. It’s the time to show your support for him, for football,” former India captain Arnab Mondal stated on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata, where the charity match was officially announced, reports AIFF.
IFA president, Jaydeep Mukherjee unveiled the jerseys for both the teams in the presence of all the aforementioned players.
Previously, Gokulam Kerala FC donated INR 5.6 lakhs to the family which, is the entire ticket sales of their match against Churchill Brothers FC Goa.
National team skipper, Sunil Chetri, Amrinder Singh and Sandesh Jinghan had brought a bulk of these tickets to serve the cause.
As per AIFF website, “It’s a small step which we can take. It’s a collaborative effort which would, probably, help his family to some extent. One of our fellow players was affected by cancer and we tried to help him as well. It’s our moral responsibility and we look forward to lending a hand to anyone whoever needs it,” midfielder Mehtab Hossain opined.
Normal tickets will be priced INR 50/- and there will be a special ‘guest card’ worth of INR 500/- have been made available at the Mohammedan Sporting ground, IFA office from February 13.
In order to reach out to more fans, IFA plans to put more outlets over the next few days.