FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Argentina legend Diego Maradona's Kolkata tour undergoes reschedule

Kolkata: The much-awaited Diego Maradona's city sojourn in September is rescheduled to 2-4 October, organisers said on Saturday.

The Argentine legend in his second trip to the football-crazy city was to lock horns against former India captain Sourav Ganguly on September 19 as the exhibition match, titled 'Match for Unity' will now be held on the Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October.

 FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Argentina legend Diego Maradonas Kolkata tour undergoes reschedule

File image of Diego Maradona. AP

"To my fans, who are eagerly awaiting me in Kolkata, I wanted to let you know that I will now be coming on 2 October," Maradona was quoted saying in a media release.

The exhibition match would be held at the Aditya School of Sports in Barasat where he would conduct a football workshop.

There will also be a host of other activities in the two-day visit including meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the release said.

The trip was initially scheduled for 18-19 September.

This will be the 1986 World Cup winner's second visit to the city after December 2008 when thousands of fans gathered to welcome him past midnight at the airport.

Maradona will also be felicitated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The trip is sponsored by Dhulaiwala, app-based laundry services as the Argentine legend will be seen inaugurating the Dhulaiwala palace.

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Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 22:57:51 IST