Chennaiyin FC U-18s set for remaining spherical problem



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27 Jan 2019, 16:57 IST

Chennaiyin FC's U-18 squad
Chennaiyin FC’s U-18 squad

The Chennaiyin FC U-18 boys are all set to start their Hero Elite League (U-18 Youth League) remaining spherical problem in opposition to Reliance Basis Younger Champs (RFYS) on the Don Bosco Floor in Goa on January 28 at 9 AM.

Their two different opponents in Group B are defending champions Shillong Lajong and Minerva Punjab, whom they play on January 30 and February 1 respectively on the Nagoa Floor.

That is the CFC U-18s’ debut look within the remaining spherical in simply their second yr of participation, having received the Chennai zone with an unbeaten report of six wins and two attracts.

The CFC squad contains eight gamers from Tamil Nadu and two former U-18 Youth League winners in Ajin Tom and Joysana Singh, who received the 2016-17 title with the AIFF Elite Academy.


“The boys confirmed their expertise within the Chennai zone and have deservedly certified for the ultimate spherical. Nevertheless this can be a a lot larger problem as they are going to be up in opposition to stronger opposition like RFYS, Minerva and Shillong Lajong, who have been final season’s U-18 champions.

“Our boys can be prepared for the problem, having educated arduous in Goa throughout a three-week camp that noticed them characteristic in opposition to Goa Professional League groups like Vasco SC and Sporting Clube de Goa with our B staff boys previous to the beginning of the 2nd Division League marketing campaign. I want the U-18s all the easiest for the ultimate spherical,” stated Syed Sabir Pasha, CFC’s Technical Director of Youth Growth & Assistant Coach.

The 20-man CFC U-18 squad has a mixture of expertise from round Tamil Nadu and the remainder of the nation. Eight gamers from Tamil Nadu are a part of the squad, together with ahead Jaya Ruban (16) from Cuddalore district and goalkeepers S. Lourdhu Divyanathan (Chennai) and Vignesh V (Pudukottai).

Having impressed with the CFC U-15s final season, Jaya Ruban continued his high quality type with the U-18s this marketing campaign, scoring three targets in 4 appearances. 

The versatile Ajin Tom and in-form winger Joysana Singh can be aiming to copy their U-18 title success from 2016-17, this time with CFC.

Joysana is CFC’s prime scorer up to now this season with eight targets in as many appearances, the spotlight being a four-goal salvo in opposition to RVSS within the penultimate Chennai Zone outing. The squad additionally contains different AIFF Elite Academy graduates – the CFC U-18s’ second highest goal-scorer this season with seven targets Aman Chetri, and Hendry Antonay and Mohammed Sarif Khan; who together with Ajin and Joysana have additionally featured for the CFC B staff within the 2nd Division League.

Hendry can be a part of the 25-man CFC squad for the Indian Tremendous League, having been promoted to the senior staff initially of this season. 

4 teams of 4 groups every will contest the ultimate spherical of the Hero Elite League, with the highest two groups from every group progressing to the knockout levels.

If CFC progress from their group, they may face both the winner or runner-up from Group D within the quarter-finals on February three on the Don Bosco Floor. The ultimate can be performed on February 9 on the Nagoa Floor. 

Hero Elite League Ultimate Spherical – Teams:

Group A: FC Pune Metropolis, MSP Soccer Academy, Sudeva FC, FC Goa

Group B: Chennaiyin FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Minerva Punjab FC, Reliance Soccer Younger Champs

Group C: Bengaluru FC, Quess East Bengal, Delhi Dynamos FC, SAI Guwahati

Group D: Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar FC, Aizawl FC, Actual Kashmir FC

Chennaiyin FC U-18s’ Hero Elite League Ultimate Spherical – Group B Fixtures: 

Reliance Basis Younger Champs (RFYS) vs Chennaiyin FC – January 28 – 9 AM – Don Bosco Floor

Shillong Lajong vs Chennaiyin FC – January 30 – three PM – Don Bosco Floor

Minerva Punjab FC vs Chennaiyin FC – February 1 – three PM – Nagoa Floor

Chennaiyin FC U-18s’ Hero Elite League Ultimate Spherical Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Prathamesh Honavarkar (Maharashtra), S. Lourdhu Divyanathan (Chennai), Vignesh V. (Pudukottai)

Defenders: Hendry Antonay (Karnataka), Mohammed Sarif Khan (Manipur), Ajin Tom (Kerala), Selvaniranjan C. (Dindigul), Ajith Arasu (Karnataka), Nishok G. (Ooty), Harsh Bartwal (Uttarakhand)

Midfielders: Kartik Nayyar (Punjab), Yunus Shaikh (Maharashtra), Syed Jaabir Pasha (Chennai), Pradab Balashanmugam (Vellore), Joysana Singh (Manipur), Sanjay S. (Karnataka)

Forwards: Aman Chetri (Assam), Vijay Thangavel (Karnataka), J. Jaya Ruban (Cuddalore), Pleasure Kumar (Kanyakumari)

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