KOLKATA: East Bengal retained midfielder Alvito D’Cunha for the eighth consecutive season.

The player registered for the club on Thursday becoming the arguably longest serving player for any I-League club in this decade.

Alvito, who joined East Bengal in 2002 from Salgaocar SC, played a prominent role in helping the club win its first international title ASEAN Cup in 2003.

The player who had to sit out the greater part of the last season nursing injury said he had regained fitness and would be available from the beginning of the season. “I went back home in Goa and underwent fitness rehabilitation under renowned physical trainer Mezwin Fernandez early this month,” Alvito said.

“I will be joining the team in the pre-season camp in Puri,” he added.

East Bengal has planned three-weeks of sand training at the beach city in Orissa for its players as a part of the build-up for the new season.

Alvito said teams in Goa had gained a lot by doing pre-season sand training. “Our coach Subhas Bhowmick is doing the right thing by organising this special camp for endurance building,” the 31-year-old winger said. — Principal Correspondent

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