Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC are all set for the second leg of their 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff tie against Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC here at The Arena Stadium on Wednesday March 13, 2019 with kick-off at 7:30 PM. The first leg in Colombo finished 0-0 a week back, in what was also Chennaiyin’s AFC Cup debut.
Several Chennaiyin FC supporters will be making the journey from Chennai to Ahmedabad to show their support, after it was deemed not politically conducive to host a team from Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu.
Can’t make it to Ahmedabad for our historic @AFCCup match? We’ve got you covered ✌— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) March 10, 2019
Watch the all-important second leg against Colombo FC LIVE on Facebook. 🙌#CFCinAsia #AFCCup2019 #PoduMachiGoalu pic.twitter.com/OQP7E3G2FZ
Head Coach John Gregory paid tribute to the unconditional support of the fans in what has been a disappointing season so far, with CFC finishing the 2018-19 ISL season bottom of the table.
“We are going to have our fans come all the way from Chennai for the big match against Colombo. And we will do our best to ensure we give them a memorable performance to take back home. It won’t be easy against a confident Colombo side, but we will be up for the occasion,” said Head Coach John Gregory.
Versatile Australian Chris Herd, who missed the first leg through illness, is expected back in the starting eleven for the crucial second leg. Herd who was in attendance alongside the Chennaiyin gaffer, added, “We are a confident side ourselves with qualification to the AFC Cup group stage our single objective. I look forward to play my part and help the team secure progress.”
There is a lot riding on Chennaiyin, who are aiming to become the first ISL side to progress to the group stages, in their maiden AFC Cup campaign, after having booked a qualifying berth by winning the 2017-18 ISL title.
2019 AFC Cup South Zone Qualifying Playoff Round 2st Leg:
Chennaiyin FC (India) v Colombo FC (Sri Lanka)
Venue: The Arena By Transstadia, Ahmedabad – 7:30 PM Kick-Off
Have Something worth offering to? Advertise with us.