One of Costa Rica's member of World Cup 2018, Johny Acosta Zamora is set to don the jersey of an Indian club. The Costa Rican defender has been signed by I-League giants East Bengal.
Speaking on his decision to play in India, the 34-year-old said, "East Bengal are one of the biggest clubs of India with a very rich heritage. I want to deliver my best for my new club and be part of Indian football."
The veteran of 69 caps, Acosta played in all of Costa Rica's three matches in the ongoing World Cup 2018.
"My aim is to encourage the other Indian footballers and guide them and at the same time win silverware for Quess EastBengal FC," he added.
Acosta made his debut for his national side in 2011 against Argentina. In the very same year, he played in seven World Cup 2014 qualifiction matches, and also featured in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America.
He made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 2011 friendly against Argentina at the age of 29. In 2011, he donned national jersey in seven FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2011 Copa America.
In this year's tournament, he made 11 tackles and cleared the ball eight times. But his efforts didn't guide his nation to success. Costa Rica bowed out of the tournament in the group stages, having finished bottom of their group.
Their first fixture saw Serbia beat them 1-0. In the second match, they came up against the tournament favorites Brazil. The five-time World Champions made light of their opponents, and beat them 2-0.
Though, the match will be remembered for a blatant dive by Neymar in order to win his side a penalty. Following the match, critics lambasted the Brazil forward, and shamed him on the internet.
Costa Rica's final match saw them play Switezerland. Acosta's side avoided their worst ever World Cup performance by drawing 2-2. It meant they ended the group with one point, and did better than how they performed in 2006, when they lost all the three matches.
(With inputs from PTI)