7/30/2018 12:14:23 AM (GMT+3)

I always had it in mind that I was playing for Bagan: Chowdhury

I always had it in mind that I was playing for Bagan: Chowdhury

KOLKATA: Former Mohun Bagan captain Pradeep Chowdhury said that he was never a great player during his playing career.

Chowdhury, who represented the green and maroon side in the 70s and early 80s, was honoured with Mohun Bagan Ratna on Sunday as the club celebrated their iconic win over Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 IFA Shield.

Chowdhury, who also captained Bagan, was the 18th recipient of the award which was instituted in 2001.

“I thank the club for the honour, but I was never quality player. One thing that I must tell you, that I had played with a lot of determination. I was very quick and my physical fitness was really good. Hence, it wasn’t difficult for me to survive in the cut-throat competition in those era,” said Chowdhury.

The former centre-back had also been a manager with the Indian national team during Bob Houghton era a decade ago.

A non-controversial player during his playing days, Chowdhury was never known for harsh tackles.

“I love and respect the club even when I was a player and till date. I didn’t do anything on and off the field which would’ve tarnished the club’s image. I always had in mind that I was playing for an institution,” he added.

Chowdhury also shared his fond memories of his playing days and fellow centre-back Subrata Bhattacharya, who also later coached Bagan.

“He always used to tell me, ‘Chowdhury let us play to our hearts. We won’t allow our opponents to score against us.’ That was the will power and dedication we shared while playing for Bagan,” said Chowdhury.