Dunga vs Higuita on Dec. 8
World Cup winning Brazil captain Dunga will be pitted against Columbia’s former goalkeeper Rene Higuita in an exhibition tie, involving Brazilian legends and an all-star team, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Saturday.
While the team comprising Brazil players is named Brazil Master Players, the all-star team will be called IFA All Star team.
The Brazil squad will include World Cup-winning players such as Dunga, Bebeto, Roberto Carlos, Juninho, Viola, Mauro Silva and Edmilson among others.
The IFA All Star team will include Higuita under the bar along with local stars like Atanu Bhattacharya, Manoranjan Bhattacharya, Gautam Sarkar, Subrata Bhattacharya, Prasun Banerjee, Compton Dutta and Jose Ramirez Barreto.
Leander Paes will also star for the IFA team.
The IFA, on Monday, postponed the CFL Premier Division matches of Kingfisher East Bengal and McDowell Mohun Bagan following All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s request. While East Bengal were scheduled to play against Railway FC on Tuesday, Bagan were supposed to take on Police AC, on Wednesday.
The AIFF had sent a mail to the IFA, asking it to consider postponing the matches, keeping in view the I-League derby on Sunday. The move was made in order to avoid injuries to key players of both the sides.
Meanwhile, the 10th-round I-League match between Pailan Arrows and Churchill Brothers is unlikely to be held on Friday, after the police requested the IFA to postpone the match because of the preparations for the exhibition match between Brazil Masters and IFA All Stars XI on Saturday and the I-League Derby the following day.
The IFA had forwarded a request for the same to the AIFF. However, CEO of the I-League committee Sunando Dhar has requested IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli to discuss with the police to have the game on Thursday if possible.