November 30, 2020

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Mohammed Awal to lead Gokulam, Ubaid named vice-captain

Kozhikode, November 30: Ghanaian national team player Mohammed Awal will lead Gokulam Kerala FC in the upcoming season. Goalkeeper CK Ubaid, who is from Kannur in Kerala, will be the vice-captain.

Awal and Ubaid were selected by the players by voting for their respective roles. Mohammed Awal has experience in playing for Ghana national team and is a veteran defender. The 33-year-old defender has reached India and joined the ongoing pre-season camp at EMS Corporation Stadium.

Meanwhile, Ubaid has been with Malabarians since last season. The goal-keeper was the first-choice keeper last year and played a pivotal role to help Malabarians’ win the Durand Cup.

“I congratulate both Awal and Ubaid. Awal is the most experienced player in the county. He has a strong personality and everybody in the team wanted him to the captain. I believe this is the right choice by the players,” said Vincenzo Alberto Annese, the head coach of Gokulam Kerala FC.

“It is an honour to lead Malabarians in the upcoming season. I will do my job sincerely and the squad has already the belief that they can bring the title home,” said Mohammed Awal.

Malabarians are all set to play in the IFA Shield set to start on December 6. The team will leave for Kolkata on December 2 and will continue in Kolkata for the I-League.

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