Just before the Thursday’s pre-world cup qualifier against Oman, India national team coach Stephen Constantine has appointed East Bengal and Atletico de Kolkata center-back Arnab Mondal as the national team captain.
The 25 year old defender will lead the team for the first time when they face Oman in their opening Group D 2018 pre-world cup qualifier match on Thursday at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bangaluru.
The 1.79 meter tall defender will take over the armband from experienced goalkeeper Subrata Paul who led India on both legs in the first round of pre-world cup qualifier game against Nepal.
“I would like to announce Mondal as captain with Chhetri as vice-captain,” Coach Stephen Constantine revealed to the journalist on the eve of the Thursday’s fixture.
Along with Arnab Constantine also announced Sunil Chhetri’s name as vice-captain.
The British coach, who is known for his multiple captain formula, had used four separate captions during his stint with Rwanda over the course of eight months.
Arnab, who has played 12 matches for India till now, has impressed critics with his performance in the ISL as a standout performer for Sourav Ganguly co-owned franchise. His center-back pairing with East Bengal pal Gurwinder Singh is expected to set up a strong defense against Oman. Lurking in the shadows, gazing his opponent to pure perfection, before delivering a crunching tackle, Mondal has often acted as Atletico de Kolkata’s saving grace.