Chennaiyin FC to have four-week pre-season camp in Malaysia

The club will use the training facility of Kuala Lumpur's Sime Darby Football Club

Chennaiyin FC to have four-week pre-season camp in Malaysia [File] Chennayin FC won the ISL 2017-2018 Cup after beating Bengaluru FC 3-2 in the final | E.V. Sreekumar

Reigning Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC will have a four-week pre-season camp in Malaysia from August 13.

The two-time ISL winners will depart from Chennai in the early hours of Monday, a press release said.

The Chennaiyin FC team will be based in Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur. They will be using the training facility of Sime Darby Football Club.

Chennaiyin FC's Indian contingent convened in Chennai yesterday to undergo their pre-season medical assessments prior to leaving for Malaysia, along with head coach John Gregory, who arrived in the city in the early hours of Thursday.

Foreign players and the rest of the foreign coaching staff will be directly reporting to Malaysia.

Chennaiyin FC is set to play four friendly matches in Malaysia and will return to Chennai on September 11 to continue preparations ahead of the new season that will involve their ISL title defence and a debut in the AFC Cup.

With four players―Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh and Isaac Vanmalsawma―at India's SAFF Championship preparatory camp, six members of Chennaiyin FC's B team will also be part of the travelling squad.

They are defenders Saurabh Meher, Ajin Tom and Hendry Antonay, central midfielders Zonunmawia and Bibin Boban, and winger Bedashwor Singh.

Two B team players will be promoted to the 25-man final ISL squad.