Delhi Dynamos FC has announced the signing of their fourth foreign recruit for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League. The capital based club has secured the signature of Venezuelan defender Gabriel Alejandro Cichero.
Capable of playing as a full-back as well, Cichero will offer new defensive possibilities to head coach Miguel Angel Portugal.
The 33-year-old defender has won 63 caps for his country while scoring four goals and is a part of the Venezuelan team for the ongoing FIFA 2018 World
Cup qualifiers in South America. He is the 15th most capped player for his ountry.
The veteran defender will also bring in an enormous amount of experience to this Delhi Dynamos squad. Cichero said: “I am very happy to join Delhi Dynamos. Football is my life and I will work hard and help the team to achieve the objective of being the champions of the ISL. Happy to see a lot of South American players in the team, the adaptation will be faster for all of us. I want to thank our Coach Portugal and all staff of the team for this opportunity.”
“Gabriel is a player, who will bring a lot of experience and leadership to the Delhi Dynamos this year. He has represented Venezuela numerous times and has played in extremely high profile tournaments. This shows the quality of player Gabriel is and his ability to go up against some of the world’s best. Gabriel is going to be a tenacious defender for the Lions this year and I can’t wait to see the havoc he will inflict on opposing teams,” Delhi Dynamos Director Rohan Sharma said
The veteran defender, also capable of playing as a fullback, has plied his trade with the likes of New York Red Bulls, Nantes, Lens and Newell’s Old Boys. He was last involved with Deportivo Lara in the Venezuelan top division before his move to Delhi Dynamos.
Cichero, who can play both as left-back and left-stopper, is currently a part of the Venezuela squad for the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
This will be Cichero’s second coming to India – the last time he was here was back in 2011, when Venezuela played Argentina in a historic match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Cichero has won the 2008 Western Conference Championship in the United States with New York Red Bulls. At FC Caracas, his hometown club, he won the Venezuelan Championships twice in 2009 and 2010, along with winning the Domestic Cup competition in 2009.