3/1/2019 8:17:47 PM (GMT+3)

Chennayin FC announce 25-member squad for AFC Cup playoff

Chennayin FC announce 25-member squad for AFC Cup playoff

NEW DELHI: Two-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC have announced a 25-man squad for their 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff round against Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC.

Dhanpal Ganesh, who missed CFC’s entire ISL title defence due to a knee injury, has been included in the squad.

It was also announced that Chennaiyin will be playing the home match of the two-legged qualifying tie at The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, since playing Sri Lankan opponents in Tamil Nadu would not be politically conducive.

This will be Chennaiyin’s debut AFC Cup campaign following their 2017-18 ISL title success and they are placed in the South Asian Zone. This qualifying tie against Colombo FC is for a place in the 2019 AFC Cup group stage.

Colombo defeated Bhutan’s Transport United 9-2 on aggregate in the preliminary round and will be hosting Chennaiyin in the first leg on Wednesday.

Chennaiyin’s home leg will be played in Ahmedabad on Wednesday March 13 2019.

Australian Chris Herd, who joined CFC in the January transfer window, will be the club’s Asian player in the qualifier with the Brazilian trio of Mailson Alves, Eli Sabia and Raphael Augusto being the other three foreigners.

Four youth team players have also been included in the squad. Defender Hendry Antonay (U-18 & B team) and midfielder Zonunmawia (B team), who were also part of the 2018-19 ISL first team squad, are joined by defender Reamsochung Aimol (B team) and forward Bawlte Rohmingthanga (B team).

Following the 1-0 defeat away to FC Goa in their final ISL fixture on Thursday, Chennaiyin will continue their preparations in Goa and leave for Sri Lanka on Monday.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Sanjiban Ghosh, Nikhil Bernard

Defenders: Mailson Alves (Brazil), Eli Sabia (Brazil), Zohmingliana Ralte, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Laldinliana Renthlei, Tondonba Singh, Hendry Antonay, Reamsochung Aimol

Midfielders: Chris Herd (Australia), Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Thoi Singh, Francisco Fernandes, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Halicharan Narzary, Zonunmawia

Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, CK Vineeth, Mohammed Rafi, Bawlte Rohmingthanga

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