Venkatesh to captain India at Vancouver

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> S Venkatesh will lead the Indian football team in its first international event under new coach Bob Houghton in Vancouver.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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New Delhi:

S Venkatesh will lead India in its first international event under new coach Bob Houghton at the White Caps Nation Cup football tournament to be held in Vancouver, Canada, from July 17. Venkatesh's appointment comes after Bhaichung Bhutia's recent statement that he be relieved of India duty considering his age while English Houghton was named as coach in May following the sacking of Syed Nayeemuddin. Venkatesh will captain a 20-member team at the tournament that includes matches against local outfit Vancouver City Club, Cardiff City Club from England and a Chinese Under-20 side. The team: Sandeep Nandy and Subhasis Chaudhary (GK), Mahesh Gawli, Narender Singh, N. S. Manju, Surkumar Singh, S Venkatesh (Captain), Renedy Singh, Steven Dias, Mehrajuddin Waddoo, Sushil Kumar Singh, Sunil Chetri, Anupam Sarkar, Manjit Singh, Samir Naik, Bibiano Fernandes, Freddy Mascarenhas, Micky Fernades, N. P. Pradeep, Habibur R. Mondal. Officials: Bob Houghton - Chief Coach Maurice Affonso - Asst Coach Marcus Pacheco - Goalkeeper Coach Mannav Bhattacharya - Team Doctor Pradeep Dutta - Physical Doctor P K Choudhury - Manager. (PTI)