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Fernandes, Rafi renew Chennaiyin FC contracts

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

and Mohammed Rafi have renewed their contracts with ISL-4 champions by one year each.

The 32-year old Fernandes was picked by coach in last seasons draft despite undergoing an ankle surgery, a press release said.

The from South Goa repaid the faith shown in him by proving to be a versatile and ever-present force in what was a campaign to remember.

He notched 17 appearances and scored one goal last season, but more importantly was efficient in whatever position he was deployed in.

"I can't thank the coaching staff and club management enough for trusting in me. It is an incredible feeling as a to have that kind of backing," said Fernandes on continuing with Chennaiyin for one more year.

Having reached three of the four finals so far (previously with & Kerala Blasters), Rafi is another experienced figure in the Chennaiyin ranks.

He contributed vastly to Chennaiyin's second triumph with one of the goals against Jamshedpur FC, the release said.

"I am very happy to continue with for one more year. The fight and resolve shown by us last season to win the title was amazing," said 35-yearold Rafi.

Gregory stressed the importance of retaining the two experienced players.

"Keeping the core of our side intact from last season is of paramount importance. And and Rafi are integral members of that core. They're almost unsung heroes of the side, top-class professionals who did a brilliant job for their team when called upon," he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 17:50 IST