Jewel Arthur to wear Captain’s Arm Band tomorrow night as the City Lions face Granite City in another Pre-season friendly at the HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury.
The 18-year-old Liberian joined FC Minneapolis in the summer of 2016 and has been an inspirational and exemplary player on and off the pitch to this day.
He first wore the number 22 but after careful consideration and a good track record, he was awarded the number 6 which he carries on the back of his shirt right now.
Jewel plays as a right back but the club has used him in other positions including defensive mid in the previous games and he was able to pull off a formidable performance.
There have been many changes in the Minneapolis camp from joining a pro premier league to making roster adjustments and it seems leadership is another area the Ugandan player-manager has a keen interest in.
No wonder he is trying out most players in leadership roles during games to see how best they can adapt to such responsibilities before kicking off the spring season.
“Arthur’s leadership on the team is not determined by the captain’s band. It only reinforces it! Even though he is young, his role in motivating and driving his teammates is commendable and by putting a band on his arm in a big game like the one tomorrow, I am indirectly telling him that I believe in him and that I believe he can do more.” Said Ian Sendi. “For now he is going to have to realize that he is not a kid anymore. He is going to have to manage himself better and aim to be more effective. The opportunity has been given to him but what he does with it is what everyone is waiting to see, but on a personal front, I have high hopes in the lad.” Added the Ugandan tactician.