Both players have signed multi-year contracts.
Chennaiyin FC have signed Tamil Nadu players Lijo Francis and Jockson Dhas on two-year deals ahead of the upcoming season. The Marina Machans have handed both the players their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) contracts. The duo will be joining Chennaiyin FC from the Bhopal-based club Madan Maharaj.
Dhas, who hails from Vallavilai village, located in Kanyakumari district, is a midfielder while Francis is a defender. They had played together for Chennai City for two I-League seasons.
Francis was one of the few Indian footballers selected for a month-long training camp in Madrid by the Spanish club AD Alcorcon. The 22-year-old youngster has played 11 matches in his professional career with one goal to his credit.
While expressing excitement on his first ISL contract, Francis said, “I am happy to join the Chennaiyin FC family and I am excited to play in front of the fans. This is my first time playing for a club in the ISL and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Dhas, on the other hand, began his professional career with the Lions in 2019 and has made 32 appearances so far. He has scored two goals and provided three assists. Interestingly, both of his goals came while playing as a centre forward. He also featured in one AFC Cup game for Chennai City.
“I’m so excited to play for Chennaiyin FC, a club from my hometown, in front of the Tamil Nadu fans. I will give my best for these fans and this team,” Dhas said.
Chennaiyin FC’s preparations for ISL 2022-23
The Marina Machans have been in full swing in the transfer market and have bolstered their squad with plenty of exciting signings. Karikari is their third foreign following the arrivals of Fallou Diagne and Vafa Hakhamaneshi.
Domestically, Chennaiyin FC have roped in Vincy Barretto from Kerala Blasters, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Jiteshwor Singh, Sourav Das, Mohammed Rafique, Gurmukh Singh and Monotosh Chakladar among others.
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