1/24/2019 3:04:05 PM (GMT+3)

Vineeth, Narzary joins Chennaiyin on loan from Kerala Blasters

Vineeth, Narzary joins Chennaiyin on loan from Kerala Blasters

KOLKATA: Chennaiyin FC has signed CK Vineeth and Halicharan Narzary from Kerala Blasters on loan till the end of the ongoing season, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

In the same deal, young forward Baoringdao Bodo has joined the Kochi-based ISL club from Chennaiyin FC on a permanent move.

“Vineeth and Halicharan bring plenty of quality and experience to our squad. Our focus will be to salvage some pride in the ISL while putting up a good run in our debut AFC Cup campaign. The Super Cup also provides us with an opportunity to repay our fans' unconditional support this season with a trophy,” said coach John Gregory.

Vineeth returns to the city where he began his professional career with Chennai Customs. A two-time I-League winner with Bengaluru FC, the 30-year-old has also been a runner-up in the AFC Cup, where he scored key goals in Bengaluru’s run to the final.

“I am looking forward to the rest of the season with Chennaiyin FC. This campaign hasn't gone to plan so far, but it will be a fresh start and I hope to contribute with the AFC Cup and Super Cup also on the horizon,” said Vineeth, who has also won the Federation Cup twice with Bengaluru, having scored the winner in the 2017 final against Mohun Bagan.

Meanwhile, Narzary is a regular India international with 27 caps to his name so far. The former Arrows and Dempo player started all three of India’s group games in their recently concluded 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign, having also assisted CFC striker Jeje Lalpekhlua’s goal in the 4-1 win over Thailand. The 2015 SAFF Cup-winner has also previously played for FC Goa and NorthEast United FC in the ISL.