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Chennaiyin FC to take on Colombo FC in AFC Cup

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

:Two-time champions take on Sri Lankas in the 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff round first leg in Colombo on Wednesday (at 3.30 pm IST).

This is Chennaiyins debut AFC Cup campaign following their 2017-18 ISL title success and are placed along with in the South Asian Zone of the competition, a press release said.

Chennaiyin is also the first ISL outfit to participate in the AFC Cup, with this qualifying tie against for a place in the group stage of the 2019 edition.

Chennaiyin concluded it's 2018-19 ISL campaign with a 1-0 defeat to FC last week, with the focus now shifting to their maiden AFC Cup campaign.

Chennaiyin players arrived in Colombo on Monday evening from Goa, having extended their stay there to prepare for the AFC Cup qualifying playoff against the Sri Lankan side.

"The boys are in good spirits, having arrived in Sri Lanka ahead of what is a very big game for us against Colombo FC.

We are honoured to be the first team to have qualified for the AFC Cup and are hopeful of securing a victory that puts us in a commanding position in the second leg.

We are aware of the quality Colombo FC possess and expect a good fight from them tomorrow," said Head Coach ahead of the first leg clash in

Chennaiyin welcomed back Indian into the squad for the qualifying playoff against Colombo, after he missed out on the 2018-19 ISL season with a knee injury.

Australian Chris Herd, who joined CFC in the January transfer window, will be the club's Asian in the with the Brazilian trio of Mailson Alves, and being the other three foreigners.

Colombo had defeated Bhutans Transport United 9-2 on aggregate in the preliminary round to set up the clash with Chennaiyin.

The second leg of the qualifying playoff will be played in Ahmedabad on March 13.

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First Published: Tue, March 05 2019. 20:25 IST