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ISL Winner In 2014, Defender Biswajit’s Food Stall Is his Last Hope

Kolkata: He was part of historical past when ATK (then Atletico de Kolkata) lifted the inaugural Indian Tremendous League (ISL) title in 2014. However six years down the road, footballer Biswajit Saha is struggling to make ends meet along with his quick meals joint near shutting store within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With out a membership since 2018 when a extreme hamstring damage throughout pre-season dominated him out of Mumbai Metropolis FC‘s ISL campaign, left-back Saha has been plotting a return to the sport. But since it was taking time, the 34-year old who played all of ATK’s league matches besides the semifinal and closing of their 2014 marketing campaign, had opened a quick meals joint along with his brother close to his residence in Bandel in Hooghly district of West Bengal.

“I did not play professional football after 2018. I was in Valencia (Spain) with the Mumbai City FC team for pre-season and there I got injured badly. We were supposed to return to Mumbai the next day, but I got injured the day before,” Saha informed IANS on Thursday.

“There was a Super Cup that year. I played one match, coming on as a second half substitute. 2018 was wasted, and after that I took time to recover. It was then that my brother and I decided to open this fast food centre to run the family,” mentioned Saha who’s married with two daughters.

Saha, though nearing the twilight of his profession, is practising now and feels he’s in fine condition. The plan was to participate within the Calcutta Soccer League (CFL) however with the COVID-19 induced lockdown bringing the world to a standstill, his need to make a comeback appears a distant dream as of now.

“The lockdown has spoiled everything. The shop is not doing great. There are very few customers due to the health crisis. As far as making a comeback is concerned, I was working hard but I am not getting any younger. This (period of no football activity) will dent my chances further,” mentioned Saha who has additionally performed for Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa within the I-League after bursting onto the scene enjoying for George Telegraph.

Saha’s fortunes haven’t fairly smiled on him because the 2014 ISL excessive. On mortgage at Sporting Clube de Goa, he was retained by ATK just for the franchise to show their again later, leaving him within the lurch.

“I had rented the fast food shop before Durga Puja last year. The rent is all we have (to run the family). I have nothing else to do at the moment. My two daughters are six years and three years old,” mentioned Saha.

“I also have plans of taking up coaching. But at the moment, it is too far from reality it seems. I want to get back to playing top flight football. Take part in the CFL, and then maybe the I-League. I would have made headway had this lockdown not come in between and spoiled everything. Now, we are struggling to make ends meet,” he concluded.

(IANS)

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