Chennai, June 1: Reigning Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC on Friday bid farewell to a long-standing member, Dhanachandra Singh, along with seven others from last seasons title winning squad.
Bikramjit Singh, Keenan Almeida, Jude Nworuh, Fulganco Cardozo, Sanjay Balmuchu, Pawan Kumar and Shahin Lal Meloli parted ways with the club along with Dhana as their contracts with the two-time ISL champions expired on Thursday.
Chennaiyin have already retained 13 players from last season for their title defence, with head coach John Gregory and Sports Scientist Niall Clark also signing one-year extensions.
It will be a landmark season in the club’s history with a first taste of continental football therein as participation in the 2019 AFC Cup beckons.
A mainstay in defence, Dhana played in 26 of the 28 matches across the first two ISL seasons for Chennaiyin.
He was an integral part of the backline that finished top of the league standings in 2014 before becoming champions the season after.
Dhana scored a goal apiece in the first two campaigns, his second strike a memorable volley against Kerala Blasters right at the start of the five-match winning run that culminated in title triumph for Chennaiyin. IANS