Chennai City FC and coach Akbar Nawas part ways

Akbar Nawas, who took over in 2018, guided Chennai City FC to its maiden I-League title in his first full season with the club.

Akbar Nawas

Akbar Nawas led Chennai City FC to the I-League title in the 2018-19 season.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

I-League side Chennai City FC has parted ways with its head coach Akbar Nawas, the club announced on Monday.

Singaporean national Nawas took over from head coach V. Soundararajan in March 2018 - he was earlier CCFC's technical director - after the team had finished eighth in the 2017-18 season. 

Nawas guided Chennai City FC to its maiden I-League title in his first full season. However, he was unable to recreate his magic last year as as the side finished seventh at end of a campaign that was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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"My time with Chennai City Football Club has been a satisfying one professionally and personally. Together we achieved great things. Won the l-League, qualified for the AFC Cup and produced players of the highest quality, many of whom are now playing in the national team and in key cubs in the ISL," said Nawas.

"Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end I will always carry my time with CCFC in my heart with great fondness.

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"Lastly, I would like to thank the entire management team, the players and specially Rohit Ramesh who's guidance and assistance has been of utmost importance. The CCFC fans deserve a special mention, they are just great," the 44-year-old added.

 

Chennai City owner Rohit Ramesh lavished praise on Akbar, saying, "Akbar Navas was instrumental in putting us in the Indian footballing map and we hope he joins us soon in the future and wish him the best."

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