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Travelling Chennaiyin FC fans to make it home away from home for AFC Cup showdown

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

side are all set for the second leg of their 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff tie against Sri Lanka's at The on Wednesday.

The first leg in Colombo finished 0-0 a week ago, in what was also Chennaiyin's AFC Cup debut.

Several 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 in

The club will be looking after the fans' train journey from Chennai and accommodation in Ahmedabad. A few more supporters are also scheduled to fly into Ahmedabad ahead of the big match.

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 Gregory.

Versatile Australian Chris Herd, who missed the first leg leg through illness, is expected back in the starting XI 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:50 IST
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