Indian Super League outfit Chennaiyin FC have brought on board 33-year-old Maltese attacker Andre Schembri on a free transfer ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
The versatile forward will become the first player from Malta to play for CFC as well as in the ISL.
He joins the club after a spell at Cypriot top-division side Apollon Limassol FC, with whom he became the first Maltese player to score in the proper rounds of a UEFA competition, netting in the UEFA Europa League.
“It is an honour to sign for Chennaiyin and become the first Maltese footballer to play for the club and in the ISL. Malta is very close to Italy and I know a lot about Chennaiyin because of its rich history involving Italians,” said Schembri while referring to CFC’s first head coach Marco Materazzi and subsequent former Italian footballers to play for the club.
“I hope this is the best year of my career as all of us at the club set out to achieve the target of winning the ISL title. My aim is to bring my experience to the fray and also help the youngsters with that and my leadership skills.”
Schembri has been in touch with the CFC head coach John Gregory, with their sights set on bringing Chennaiyin back to the top.
“John (Gregory) has told me a lot about the club, the league and football in the country. I look forward to playing for him and also learning a lot from his coaching and experience.”
Schembri became CFC’s sixth summer signing following Lithuanian Nerijus Valskis, Romanians Lucian Goian and Dragos Firtulescu, Afghan Masih Saighani and Indian Edwin Sydney Vanspaul.a