The organising committee of the 131st Indian Oil Durand Cup announced that West Bengal Governor La Ganesan and PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, chief of Army Staff, Indian Army general Manoj Pande along with Sports minister in-charge, government of West Bengal Aroop Biswas will attend the grand finale of the 131st Indian Oil Durand Cup between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC on Sunday at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
The 34-day long tournament played across three states for the first time, will reach its culmination with the 47th and final match between two top teams and former champions of the Indian Super League, India’s topmost football division. While BFC would be fighting for its seventh domestic title, the MCFC would be in search of a third crown at this level.
The committee also announced that free tickets will be available from the Mohammedan Sporting Club tent from 10 am to 5 pm on September 17 as well as September 18 till a few hours before the match.
UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, general officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Command lt gen Rana Pratap Kalita, is expected to attend the final match as well.
SM, VSM, chief of staff, Eastern Command and chairman of Durand Organizing Committee lt gen KK Repswal, said that the 131st Indian Oil Durand Cup has been a grand success across the three states that it was played in this year for the first time. “We await a blockbuster final between two of the best football teams in the country with none other than the Indian football captain playing in it. We have therefore decided to give out tickets for free to the football loving people of Kolkata so that they can come and enjoy what is expected to be an enthralling encounter,” he added.
The final day also has an elaborate closing ceremony which will feature fusion dance performance and songs arousing patriotic fervor like Vande Mataram, Jai Ho etc to be performed by the Air Warrior Drill team.