Chennaiyin FC U-13s return to action with 2019 International Cup of Joy!

The Chennaiyin FC Under-13 team is all set to return to action in the 2019 International Cup of Joy (ICOJ) scheduled from August 1-4, 2019. The annual tournament will be held in Chennai at the Chettinad School and Gateway International School. Twelve teams are split across three groups, with Chennaiyin FC in Group B alongside Sabir Pasha FA, Chronicle FC and Delhi’s Elite Youth Sports Academy (EYSA) FA.

The Chennaiyin FC U-13s commence proceedings against Sabir Pasha FA on Thursday, August 1 in a 10am kick off at the Chettinad School ground. They then play Chronicle FC and EYSA FA over the next two days respectively. If Chennaiyin FC win their group, they progress to the semifinals alongside the top two from Group A and the Group C winners.

It will be a new look Chennaiyin FC U-13 side that will take to the field, after the club conducted extensive selection trials across Tamil Nadu over the summer. With only four of the 20 boys in the squad retained from last season, the entire Chennaiyin FC squad for ICOJ is thus comprised entirely of players from Tamil Nadu. Hailing from six different districts of the state, they will be aiming to use this as an opportunity to stake a claim in the U-13 squad for the upcoming Hero Sub-Junior League season.

The Chennaiyin FC U-13s last featured in the 2018-19 Hero Sub-Junior Youth League final round earlier this year in May, wherein they finished third in their group. The Chennaiyin FC U-13s had qualified for the final round after finishing second in the Chennai zone.

The ICOJ tournament runout will prove crucial for the development of the newly brought in talent and contribute to their match fitness at the start of the season.

CHENNAIYIN FC U-13

Goalkeepers
Magesh Raj (Tiruvallur), Vadivazhagan (Chennai)

Defenders
Mano (Chennai), Preyarhanjan* (Coimbatore), Nagulan* (Coimbatore), Kannan (Tiruvallur), Santosh (Chengalpattu), Sanjay G.* (Chengalpattu)

Midfielders
Siddharthan (Tiruvallur), Varshan (Tiruvallur), K. Srinith* (Tiruvallur), Vignesh (Chennai), Nesta (Thoothoor), Nikhil (Kancheepuram), Ritesh (Chennai)

Forwards
Mithin (Chennai), Jagadhish (Chennai), Madhesh (Tiruvallur), Keerthivasan (Tiruvallur), Adam (Tiruvallur)

* – Retained players from last season

Chennaiyin FC U-13 Fixtures for 2019 International Cup of Joy – Group B

August 1: Chennaiyin FC vs Sabir Pasha FA – Chettinad School Ground (10am)

August 2: Chennaiyin FC vs Chronicle FC – Gateway International School Ground (10am)

August 3: Chennaiyin FC vs EYSA FA – Chettinad School Ground (7am)

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