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Columbus Crew names Jonathan Mensah as their new captain

In his fourth season in the Major League Soccer (MLS), Black Stars center back Jonathan Mensah has been named the new captain of Columbus Crew ahead of the new season which commenced over the weekend.

Jonathan’s appointment as the new club captain makes him the first African born player to lead the Black and Golds. Also, he’s become the first non-American to be handed captaincy at Columbus Crew since Federico Higuain in 2013.

The 29 year old defender is coming in as the successor for midfielder Wil Trapp who left for Inter Miami in the summer. The American has been the club’s captain for the past three seasons.

Jonathan Mensah played his first as substantive captain yesterday at the Mapfre Stadium as Columbus Crew narrowly defeated New York City FC by 1-0. He lasted the entire duration of the game alongside compatriot Harrison Afful who was yellow carded.

Jonathan, 29, is in his fourth season with the Black and Golds since joining them from Anzhi Makhachkala in the 2016/17 season. He’s been outstanding on the pitch and also part of the most respected players in the club’s locker room. He’s also been one of their experience and consistent players in recent years exhibiting clear his leadership abilities since arriving from Russia.

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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