9/24/2018 5:50:41 PM (GMT+3)

Chennaiyin unveil squad ahead of ISL opener against Bengaluru

Chennaiyin unveil squad ahead of ISL opener against Bengaluru

CHENNAI: Defending Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC have retained twelve players from the successful 2017-18 campaign and promoted CFC B team players Hendry Antonay, Bedashwor Singh and Zonunmawia to the 25-man squad for their title defence.

The core of last season’s squad has been retained with four foreigners – Raphael Augusto, Mailson Alves, Inigo Calderon and Gregory Nelson – continuing while Brazilian defender Eli Sabia, Italian midfielder Andrea Orlandi and Palestine forward Carlos Antonio Salom are the new foreign

There is a good mix of youth and experience with ten of the domestic contingent being U-23 players. The key absentee is local boy Dhanpal Ganesh who is set to miss a major part of the season due to a knee injury.

“We are looking forward to the new season with an objective to create history by becoming the first team to retain the ISL title, and put on a good show in our debut AFC Cup campaign,” said coach John Gregory ahead of his side’s season opener against Bengaluru FC on Sunday.

CFC’s pre-season preparations comprised a month in Malaysia followed by 10 days in Goa.