Chennaiyin FC are excited to announce the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina center-back Enes Sipovic for the duration of the 2020/21 season. The towering 6’6″ defender joins the two-time Indian Super League champions on a free transfer after a stint at Qatar top-flight side Umm Salal SC. Sipovic becomes Chennaiyin FC’s third signing ahead of the upcoming season, following the arrival of Indian full-backs Reagan Singh and Chhuantea Fanai recently.
Sipovic, who just turned 30 last week and will be the first Bosnian to feature in the ISL, is excited about playing in India and is looking forward to joining the ranks of new Chennaiyin FC head coach Csaba László. “I was instinctive that India will be my next destination. I am very happy to be part of such a beautiful club. I have been following Chennaiyin FC since its very first season in 2014 under Marco Materazzi, and I am aware that it is a team that has a tremendous fanbase and is incredibly successful. I am already very excited for the new season. It will be a great experience, I am sure,” said a buzzing Sipovic from the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo, his hometown.
“Enes (Sipovic) has all the qualities to succeed at CFC and in the ISL. He is an imposing presence in the air with his height and is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet. I am sure he will strike a great partnership with Eli Sabiá in defence and will be the perfect addition to our squad in terms of guiding our Indian defenders as well. He has experience of playing in Asia, specifically in more extreme conditions like in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which I am certain will hold him in good stead in India,” said Chennaiyin FC’s man-in-charge Csaba László on his first foreign recruit since taking charge.
Sipovic is a former Bosnia and Herzegovina U-21 international who came through the youth ranks of FK Željeznicar in Sarajevo, who have produced the likes of striker Edin Džeko. Sipovic then spent six years at O?elul Gala?i in Romania, with whom he won the 2010-11 Romanian top-division championship title. Interestingly, Sipovic came up against Chennaiyin FC’s skipper from last season Lucian Goian during his time in the Romanian Liga 1.
Following O?elul, Sipovic enjoyed stints in Belgium (K.V.C. Westerlo) and Morocco (Ittihad Tanger & RS Berkane) before a first foray into Asia with Saudi Arabia’s Ohod Club. He then returned for a short spell with his alma mater FK Željeznicar before turning out for Umm Salal in Qatar last season.