Ganguly to now check out soccer

July 13th, 2008 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 12 (IANS) Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly would now be seen in another role - on the football field. He is slated to turn out for Chirag United in a match in the ongoing Kolkata Premier League. The team is owned by the RP group - makers of Chirag brand of computers, for which Ganguly is the brand ambassador.

“He will play in one match, may be for two minutes. His presence will motivate our players and help promote Indian football in the country and outside. Finally, he will ensure a strong fan following for us,” said RP group chairman Koustav Roy.

However, Chirag’s efforts Saturday to register Ganguly as their player proved unsuccessful.

Officials of the Indian Football Association - the game’s governing body for West Bengal - did not accept Ganguly’s signed registration form as he did not make a personal appearance.

“He will sign for us on his return from Sri Lanka after playing the Test series,” Roy added.

Ganguly, who has had a glittering cricketing career, is also known for his passion for football. In fact, Ganguly was a promising striker during his college days.

He was torn between his allegiances to football and cricket in college, but finally decided to make a career out of the willow.

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