Chennai City FC to play AFC Cup home games in Chennai's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Chennai City FC, defending I-League champion, will play its maiden AFC Cup game against Maziya S&RC on March 11 at Chennai's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Chennai City is placed seventh on the I-League points table with 19 points.

Chennai City is placed seventh on the I-League points table with 19 points.   -  Twitter/@ChennaiCityFC

Chennai City FC (CCFC) is set to make a return to Chennai for the home leg of the AFC Cup group stages.

The defending I-League champion will kick-off its maiden appearance in the competition against Maziya S&RC on March 11 here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

CCFC had shifted base to Coimbatore in 2017 due to the steep rental charges to play its I-League matches in the city.

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"It's good to be back home," said CCFC owner Rohit Ramesh. "We wanted to play out of Coimbatore but the venue didn't meet the AFC norms."

Japan's Katsumi Yusa, who will fulfil the Asian foreign player quota, will be among the four foreigners eligible in the tournament for the club.

"The coach (Akbar Nawas) will decide on who the four foreigners will be after the match against Mohun Bagan on Thursday," said Ramesh.

Chennai City is placed seventh on the table with 19 points and lost key striker Pedro Manzi halfway through the season, when he moved to Japanese club Albirex Niigata.


Attacking midfielder Sandro Rodriguez, who is yet to feature for the club this season due to a cartilage injury to his right leg, is now fully fit.

CCFC is placed in Group E alongside Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings, and Maldives' Maziya and TC Sports Club.

Last year, Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC played its AFC Cup home games at the Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad after it failed to get the approval from the SDAT (Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu) in time to play the matches out of the Nehru Stadium.