ISL 2019: Brazilian defender Eli Sabia extends contract

Brazilian defender Eli Sabia extends contract

ISL team Chennaiyin FC on Saturday announced Brazilian defender Eli Sabia had extended his contract with the club, that will see the 30-year old turn out for the 2019-20 season.

Sabia said he was happy to stay with the club.

“I am very happy to continue with the club I love so much. In this new season, along with my teammates, we will work hard to achieve what our fans deserve.

“We are a champion club and we will be back at the top.

I would like to thank Chennaiyin FC for giving me this opportunity to do my best again…,” said an elated Sabia in a message to the club from his home at Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Head coach John Gregory said “Eli was a standout player for us in what was otherwise a difficult season. His commitment and prowess in defence has been exemplary, and he has always been a thorough professional.”

His first ever stint in Indian football was in the 2016 ISL season with Chennaiyin.

He then returned to Brazil for a short spell at Sertaozinho FC before switching to Al Raed in Saudi Arabia. He then rejoined CFC ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Sabia has made 40 appearances across all competitions for the club over the 2016 and 2018-19 seasons, a press note said.

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