Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 23 (ANI): Chennaiyin FC on Saturday announced their squad for the 2023-24 Indian Super League season and the 29-member squad features a blend of experienced players and young talents, a release said.
"Our model at Chennaiyin is different from those big spenders. We obviously invest where we can, but it's more in young players. And I've been known to give young players a chance and develop young Indians and that's what I'll continue to do. We've got a good mix," Chennaiyin head coach Owen Coyle said ahead of the club's opening match of the ISL 2023-24 against Odisha FC.
The club has decided to name a six-man leadership group to be the driving force behind the squad. The captain's armband will be circulated among Jordan Murray, Ryan Edwards, Aakash Sangwan, Lazar Cirkovic, Rafael Crivellaro and Rahim Ali.
Two-time champions will play NorthEast United FC on September 29 before they return home to host Mohun Bagan Super Giant FC on October 7 in their third game of the season.
Complete squad:Goalkeepers: Samik Mitra, Debjit Majumder, Prateek Kumar Singh, Mohanraj KDefenders: Ankit Mukherjee, Ryan Edwards Lazar Cirkovic, Ajith Kumar, Bikash Yumnam, Bijay Chhetri, Aakash Sangwan, Sarthak Golui, Sachu Siby and RS PreyarhanjanMidfielders: Jiteshwor Singh, Cristian Battocchio, Mohammed Rafique, Ayush Adhikari, Rafael Crivellaro, Ninthoi Meetei, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Sourav Das, Farukh Choudhary and Nesta JP ColinForwards: Vincy Barretto, Rahim Ali, Irfan Yadwad, Jordan Murray and Connor Shields. (ANI)