Chennaiyin FC went into Wednesday's AFC Cup fixture away to Nepal's Manang Marshyangdi in Lalitpur knowing that their fate wasn't in their hands. With eight points, they trailed Bangladesh club Dhaka Abahani by two points. With Abahani playing against Minerva in Guwahati at the same time, Chennaiyin needed a win to top the group and hope for a draw or a Minerva win in the other game to progress to the inter-zonal semi-finals. Not since 2012, when East Bengal and Salgaocar finished bottom of their...
Chennaiyin FC stand on the cusp of something special ahead of their AFC Cup clash against Minerva Punjab in Guwahati -- if they win their last two remaining group games of the continental competition starting Wednesday, they will become the first Indian Super League (ISL) champions to advance to the AFC Cup knockout stages.
Level on points with Dhaka Abahani of Bangladesh, Chennaiyin can even ensure a group win should they pick up three points and Abahani lose their home game against Manang Marshyangdi...
The AFC Cup is the second tier of Asia's continental club competition. The group stages will see 36 teams compete in nine groups of four each, with each group divided geographically. India's representation comes by the way of 2017-18 I-league champions Minerva Punjab and 2017-18 ISL champions Chennaiyin FC, both of whom are clubbed in the South Zone group - Group E. The two teams will play each other on Wednesday at 7:30 PM IST in Ahmedabad - the designated venue for Chennaiyin's home matches in...
The first line sums up their pre-season prediction, while the second looks at their performance this season.
Under Coppell, expect more discipline, but who will fetch goals?
Scrapped hard all season, but goals never came often enough.
The nucleus remaining the same, can they maintain standard throughout?
Never at fluent best, yet table toppers. Favourites for title?
Chennaiyin FC have signed CK Vineeth and Halicharan Narzary from Kerala Blasters on loan till the end of the ongoing ISL season. As part of the same deal, young forward Baoringdao Bodo has joined Kerala on a permanent move.
"Vineeth and Halicharan bring plenty of quality and experience to our squad," head coach John Gregory said in a press release. "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...