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Chennai City FC, first club from TN in I-League

Chennai City FC became the first club from Tamil Nadu to enter the I-League after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Bid Evaluation Committee awarded Chennai City and Minerva Punjab FC the right to field their teams in the I-league 2016-2017 season.

Chennai City FC, first club from TN in I-League
File photo of ChenniyinFC players celebrating after a goal


Chennai City FC owner Rohit Ramesh said the step taken is in the right direction to develop football in the state. “We wanted to be here (in the I-League) when we acquired Netaji Club three years back. However, a lot of technical difficulties like players, a huge bank guarantee prevented us from entering the league. But now we have sorted and it has paid off. We have 33 districts in the state and the talent pool is enormous and we hope to do justice to it. We are looking at a good mix of experienced, local and foreign players to ply our trade,” Rohit said. 

The fixtures would be out next week and with the league starting on January 7, Rohit said talks are on with former Tamil Nadu coach and pro-licence holder A Robin Charles Raja to be at the helm. “He has huge experience and it would be a good test for him as a coach and us as a club. The talks are still on and he should sign on the dotted line soon,” Rohit added. The other team, Minerva Punjab FC have already plied their trade in the second division I-League 2015-16 having secured the second position. 

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