SC East Bengal are looking to make amends after their dismissal first season in the Indian Super League. They have recruited new players and have made a strong team for the upcoming ISL 2021-22 season.
The Kolkata club has now officially announced their captain as they start their ISL campaign on 21st November at the Tilak Maidan Stadium against Jamshedpur FC.
Former ATKMB goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya who signed for the side this season has been named as the captain. Experienced player Tomislav Mrcela has been appointed as the vice captain.
“I am happy to announce Arindam as captain of the team and Tomislav as vice-captain. They are both exceptional leaders on the pitch and also off it. Arindam has been there in Indian football for a long time and knows what it takes to lead a team like SC East Bengal. Tomi too has vast experience and he is a natural leader. All the players in the squad respect them and I believe they can get the best out of the team,” said head coach Jose Manuel Diaz.
“It’s a huge honour for me and especially for my family because everyone back home is an East Bengal supporter. I am looking forward to living up to everyone’s expectations and performing to my fullest. Though I stand in goal during the games, I promise to lead from the front and make the fans from all over the world proud of this bunch,” Arindam said.
“I feel honoured. I just arrived at this club. To get that honour to help to lead the team is a nice thing. It gives me confidence. The only thing I can say is that I will give my best on the field and I will do my best to help to lead the team. Arin(dam) is the captain and I am the vice-captain, but we have a lot of leaders in the team. We have good characters and I am just one of them,” said Mrcela.