Chennaiyin FC’s 35-man squad for the upcoming season of Indian Super League (ISL).
The head coach is all-in for building a young and promising Durand Cup campaign that concluded recently.
Nasser El Khayati is the 7th Foreign star to join the squad. He will replace Rafael Crivellaro as the club’s midfield option. Notably, he also played a similar role in the Dutch first division in the recently concluded tournament.
The other six foreign players include- Vice-captain and Senegalese international Fallou Diagne, Iranian defender Vafa Hakhamaneshi, German midfielder Julius Duker and attackers Kwame Karikari and Petar Sliskovic from Ghana and Croatia respectively.
Also, all the players did feature in the recent Durand Cup and were able to score at least once.
Apart from the foreign star, the club also signed several youngsters alongside season campaigners.
In the Durand Cup, Petar top scored for Chennaiyin FC scoring three goals while skipper Anirudh Thapa scored twice and assisted three.
Some key absentees during the Durand Cup will also be part of the upcoming ISL squad.
Mohammed Rafique, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Sourav Das and Vincy Baretto are the players who missed the Durand Cup.
Chennaiyin’s squad for ISL season 9:
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Samik Mitra, Devansh Dabas, Lovepreet Singh.
Defenders: Narayan Das, Aakash Sangwan, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Fallou Diagne, Gurmukh Singh, Md. Sajid Dhot, Ajith Kumar, Monotosh Chakladar, Md. Aqib.
Midfielders: Nasser El Khayati, Jiteshwor Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Vanspaul, Julius Duker, Sajal Bag, Chris White, Mohammed Rafique, Sourav Das, Suhail Pasha
Forwards: Ninthoi Meetei, Vincy Barretto, Rahim Ali, Romario Jesuraj, Petar Sliskovic, Kwame Karikari, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Jackson Dhas, Senthamizh, Jobby Justin, Gulab Singh, Mohamed Liyaakath.
Chennaiyin FC will kickstart their campaign on October 10. They will meet ATK Mohun Bagan in the Away game.