The football Ambassador for Books & Boots Jonathan Mensah has been confirmed as the new skipper for Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.
The two time senior World Cup attendee, replaces Wil Trapp who has been transferred to MLS rivals Inter Miami after leading the Crew for the past three seasons.
The 29-year-old is a former Academy apprentice of Ashanti Goldfields becomes the first African to be given such an honour and responsibility of leading the famous Black & Gold.
Fondly called Jonathan by the Crew fans, the devout christian was recently appointed as the Football Ambassador for Books & Boots Foundation which is a Ghanaian NGO that partners schools and operates in deprived communities using reading and soccer to inspire youngsters to pursue their goals.
Mensah becomes the first non-American to have the captaincy since the Argentinian Federico Higuain in 2013.
In his fourth season, Mensah has been a leader for the team during his time with the club and is seen as a bridge between senior players and younger emerging talents.
The Ghanaian became a junior World Cup winner in 2009 with the Black Satellites and is a well-respected player in the locker room of Columbus Crew.
He started his reign as Crew captain on March 1st with a hard fought 1-0 home win over New York City FC as the MLS kicked off.
Source: www.thenewindependentonline.com/ Sports Desk