What's the story?
Holding Indian Super league champions Chennaiyin FC have completed a stunning deal to sign three players. Zohmingliana Ralte, Isaac Vanmalsawma, and Laldinliana Renthlei have all signed two-year contracts with Chennaiyin.
In case you didn't know...
Ralte, Vanmalsawma, and Renthlei all hail from Mizoram. The trio will join Jeje Lalpekhlua and Jerry Lalrinzuala in the team, both of whom also come from the same state.
The heart of the matter
Chennaiyin FC, confirmed via Twitter, that they have completed a stunning triple swoop today, June 22.
The Marina Machans are currently looking to add both first-team and squad players to their roster after they had let go of eight members of their squad. The trio of Ralte, Vanmalsawma, and Renthlei becomes Chennaiyin's fourth, fifth, and sixth signing of the season, respectively.
27-year-old defender Ralte joins the champions from runners-up Bengaluru FC. Ralte had signed for Bengaluru from Aizawl just a year prior and left them on contract expiry. The Mizo defender made just one substitute appearance in ISL but played a crucial role in Bengaluru's AFC Cup campaign.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old attacking midfielder Vanmalsawma joins Chennaiyin from FC Pune City whereas the full-back Renthlei joins the champions from Aizawl FC.
Every team in the ISL will be targeting to overthrow Chennayin as they hold the status of current champions. However, the Marina Machans, being very much wary of the challenge, are building their team for the same.
Apart from the Mizo trio, Chennaiyin have also signed Nikhil Bernard, Ngasepam Tondonba Singh, and Sanjiban Ghosh. The holding champions will continue to build a strong team in the pre-season, in order to defend their coveted crown.
Do you think the triple signing of Zohmingliana Ralte, Isaac Vanmalsawma, and Laldinliana Renthlei will help Chennaiyin FC mount yet another challenge? Or will be it be a disappointing year for the Marina Machans?
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