PLAYERS who failed the dreaded fitness test yesterday could take a leaf out of the book of 37-year-old Sing Tao forward Anto Grabo who encouraged his fellow players by saying: 'If I can do it, so can you.' Grabo, who has played for South China and Golden in a Hong Kong career spanning five years, is the oldest outfield player in the Hong Kong league. But he showed just how to pass the gruelling 3,000 metres test, albeit with one second to spare . . . and with a little help from officialdom. The long-haired player ran yesterday's test at the Siu Sai Wan Stadium thinking it was just a mock test. But moments after crossing the finish line in near distress, he perked up when the Hong Kong Football Association officials told him he had passed the 'official' test that requires players to run 3,000 metres in under 12 minutes to be eligible to play. 'I really have to thank the officials. I was not confident enough to take the test, therefore I told them it was not my official test,' said the delighted Grabo, who shook hands with the officials to express his gratitude after the test. 'Luckily, I passed and the officials said it was an official test. That means I don't have to do it again. 'I did not have enough training. I really did not know if I could make it. 'After all, I am not young any more. I will turn 38 in December. I just went out and ran as good as I could.' Four teams - Sing Tao, South China, Rangers and Golden - took the test yesterday and only five players failed. They are Sing Tao defenders Leung Shing-kit, Ng Chun-chung, veteran South China defender Ku Kam-fai, young Rangers reserve Shum Yiu-kwan and Golden defender Lee Wai-wo. Star players Au Wai-lun, Leslie Santos and Yau Kin-wai, who was suffering from a back injury, all made the test despite earlier worries that they might fail. Santos, who joined Golden from South China this season, said: 'I feel my fitness is much better than last season. We have been training extremely hard. My teammates are very supportive to me so I had to pass to thank them.' Most of the Rangers ran more than 3,100 metres as the club required. Their midfielder Tam Wai-kwok and Brazilian forward Jeronimo Hilton, plus Golden defender Lamartine Da Silva ran over 3,300 metres. Bosnian striker Alen Bajkusa is set to return for Golden later this week. Golden convenor Vincent Chow Man-shun revealed last night the 27-year-old had agreed to sign a one-year contract. Bajkusa first arrived in Hong Kong for South China in the 1993-94 season and has had a spell with Golden during his three-year stay here. He left for French First Division side Caen in July, 1996 on a transfer fee of $200,000. After a moderate season with Caen, Bajkusa broke his leg during a match and was forced out of action for six months. He was loaned to a Swiss club after his recovery last season.