8/12/2019 6:48:04 PM (GMT+3)

My form had dipped due to club politics, says Majid

My form had dipped due to club politics, says Majid

KOLKATA: Returning to the city after 32 years, former East Bengal star Majid Bishkar said that his form post 1981 had dipped due to the then club politics.

"The Maidan politics was a major factor. My slide in form was bad for me. I had completely lost. It also became difficult for me to concentrate on football,” said Majid, who was also a member in Iran squad that played at the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

The 60-year-old has come to the city from Khorammshahr in Iran to attend the centennial celebration of East Bengal club.

The city has changed in three decades but Majid, who once captured the hearts of the millions, has also changed -- receding hairline and a dusky look. But he is very much attached to the city and the club, where he joined in 1980. “The gallery has changed. The club wears a new look, but the red and gold shade hasn’t changed,” said Majid, who shared the dais with his friend and team-mate Jamshed Nasiri.

Asked who was the toughest defender he played against in the 80s, came pat the reply: "Subrata Bhattacharya".

Majid had played for East Bengal in 1980 and 1981 and switched to Mohammedan Sporting in 1982.

“It was very difficult to beat Babaluda,” added Majid.