Calcutta: One big reason for the Indian soccer players’ failure to make it big at the international stage has been an inferior fitness level.
But Dipendu Biswas, at the age of 31, seems to be an exception.
Saturday was Dipendu’s first day at Mohammedan Sporting’s practice. And after sweating it out for about three hours at the Salt Lake Stadium, under coach Abdul Aziz Moshood, the striker was probably as fresh as he was when he had started off years back.
“I didn’t get to play much for Mohun Bagan last season… It’s not that I was unfit, it wasn’t my fault.
“In fact, I have been practising with my local club regularly for the last few days to maintain my fitness… I believe I’m still capable as a footballer and I’m honoured that Mohammedan Sporting has kept faith in me this season,” Dipendu said.
Though it was just the first day, there seemed to be a good rapport between Dipendu and coach Moshood.
“The coach’s pre-season training appears to be quite good. Every coach has his own style and so it is not fair comparing one with the other,” Dipendu said.
Moshood, on the other hand, said: “He (Dipendu) is an experienced player. He has just come into the side and so will need some time.
“But that he is still going strong as a professional should be a lesson for others.”