8/28/2019 12:33:47 AM (GMT+3)

Malta’s Schembri joins Chennaiyin FC

Malta’s Schembri joins Chennaiyin FC

CHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC has hired 33-year-old Malta international Andre Schembri on a free transfer ahead of the 2019-20 ISL campaign.

Schembri will become the first player from Malta to play for CFC. He joins the club after a spell at Cypriot top-division side Apollon Limassol FC, with whom he became the first Maltese player to score in the proper rounds of a UEFA competition, netting in the UEFA Europa League.

“It’s an honour to sign for Chennaiyin and become the first Maltese footballer to play for the club and in the ISL. Malta is very close to Italy and I know a lot about Chennaiyin because of its rich history involving Italians,” said Schembri, referring to CFC’s first head coach Marco Materazzi and subsequent former Italian footballers to play for the club.

Schembri becomes CFC’s sixth summer signing following Lithuanian Nerijus Valskis, Romanians Lucian Goian and Dragos Firtulescu, Afghan Masih Saighani and Indian Edwin Sydney Vanspaul.

“I hope this is the best year of my career as all of us at the club set out to achieve the target of winning the ISL title. My aim is to bring my experience to the fray and also help the youngsters with that and my leadership skills. I am a team player and I am elated to be part of the CFC family,” he added. (Pic: Antoine Busuttil/Twitter)