3/13/2019 2:10:22 PM (GMT+3)

AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC fans arrive in Ahmedabad to boost team

AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC fans arrive in Ahmedabad to boost team

AHMEDABAD, Gujarat: Chennaiyin FC will take on Sri Lanka's Colombo FC in their 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff second leg here on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 7:30 PM.

The first leg in Colombo ended 0-0 last week where Chennaiyin made their debut in the continental championship.

Several Chennaiyin fans have already arrived here from Chennai to show their support after it was deemed not politically conducive to host a Sri Lankan team in Tamil Nadu.

The club will be looking after the fans’ train journey from Chennai and accommodation. A few more supporters are also scheduled to fly into Ahmedabad ahead of the big match.

“It won’t be easy against a confident Colombo side, but we will be up for the occasion,” said CFC coach John Gregory. “We are going to have our fans come all the way from Chennai. We will do our best to ensure we give them a memorable performance to take back home.”

Versatile Australian Chris Herd, who missed the first-leg through illness, is expected back in the starting eleven.

“We’re a confident side ourselves with qualification to the AFC Cup group stage our single objective. I look forward to play my part and help the team secure progress,” said Herd.

There is a lot riding on Chennaiyin, who are aiming to become the first ISL side to progress to the group stages, after having booked a qualifying berth by winning the 2017-18 ISL title.