National team coach Darren Stewart has named experienced midfielder Ashad "Adey" Ali has the new captain of the national team, ahead of Asian Cup Qualifier against Palestine tommorow.
With skipper Ali Ashfaq injured, and vice captain Imran Mohamed retiring from national duty, it was no supprise that Ashad was named as the captain of the team. Ashad is one of the most experienced and longest serving players in the current squad. Ashad has been a regular for the national team since 2007.
"Adey deserves to be the captain," Stewart said at the prematch press conference held today. "He is already a leader on the field. The players respect him."
Experienced defender Shafiu Ahmed was named as the vice captain.
Speaking at the press conference Adey said that for him, getting a good result from the match is more important the the captain's armband.
"I think i am not the only captain in this team. Shafy is a captain, Umair is a captain. I have been given the armband because one has to be wearing the armband," Adey said. "For me the most important thing is the result. A good result is more important than the armband."
Adey said that Maldive can get a good result against Palestine, but good defensive organization is required.
"Every one must keep in mind that this is not Bangladesh that we are playing against," Adey said referring to the recent thumping of Bangladesh in a friendly game. "We are playing against a very strong team. We need our defense to be very organized."