ISL: Vineeth, Rafi, Narzary part ways with Chennaiyin FC

C. K. Vineeth and Halicharan Narzary depart following the end of their loan spell from Kerala Blasters FC. Mohammed Rafi leaves after having spent two seasons at Chennaiyin.

CK Vineeth leaves Chennaiyin following the end of his loan spell from Kerala Blasters, having joined in January this year.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champion Chennaiyin FC on Friday announced the departure of strikers Mohammed Rafi and C. K. Vineeth, and winger Halicharan Narzary, from the club.

Veteran striker Rafi leaves after having spent two seasons at the club, the first of which saw the team bag the ISL trophy at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Vineeth and Narzary depart following the end of their loan spell from Kerala Blasters FC, having joined in January this year.

The 37-year-old Rafi made 21 appearances for CFC across all competitions, scoring five goals. The 31-year-old Vineeth made 17 appearances for CFC and scored four times — twice in the Super Cup and one apiece in ISL and AFC Cup.

Vineeth’s strikes in the Super Cup helped the club reach the final, scoring against Mumbai City FC and ATK — in the round-of-16 and semifinals, respectively.

Narzary made three appearances for the club. His time at CFC was unfortunately marred by injury, which kept him sidelined for most of his loan spell.