Chennaiyin FC retain Karanjit, Thoi and Mehrajuddin

Karanjit and Thoi were bought by Chennaiyin in season two during the player auction while Wadoo joined on a free transfer after playing for FC Pune City in the inaugural edition.

Thoi was on loan at Bengaluru FC after ISL 2015 and went on to win his second I-League title to cap off a memorable season.   -  PTI

Indian Super League champion Chennaiyin FC on Friday announced that the trio of Karanjit Singh, Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Thoi Singh have signed one-year extensions with the club.

Goalkeeper Karanjit and midfielder Thoi were bought by Chennaiyin in season two during the player auctions while Wadoo joined Chennaiyin on a free transfer after playing for FC Pune City in the inaugural ISL campaign.

Karanjit won the emerging player award on his first two ISL appearances with the penalty save in the 1-1 draw with Kerala Blasters being the highlight.

Thoi started in 16 of Chennaiyin’s 17 matches, providing three assists and made the most successful tackles (71) in the league. The Manipuri midfielder’s work rate and consistency also won him as many as five individual awards.

Wadoo was undoubtedly one of the most consistent defenders of ISL 2015 and was ranked third in the category of most blocks. The Kashmiri’s solidity and experience at right back brought a huge improvement in Chennaiyin’s defending in the second season compared to the first and it was his long ball that brought the equaliser against FC Goa in the dramatic final, which CFC won 3-2.

“Thoi, Wadoo and Karanjit played important roles in our success last season. We are happy to have them back for our title defence,” said Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi.

After the ISL, Karanjit and Wadoo had loan stints at Goan clubs Salgaocar and Sporting Clube respectively. Karanjit inspired Salgaocar’s survival while Wadoo played his part in Sporting’s fourth-placed finish. Thoi was on loan at Bengaluru FC after ISL 2015 and went on to win his second I-League title to cap off a memorable season.