ISL: Chennaiyin FC sign Mohammed Rafique on a two-year deal from East Bengal

Arjun Singh Devgan
Rafique joins Chennaiyin FC
Rafique joins Chennaiyin FC / ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) side, Chennaiyin FC have signed former ISL winner, Mohammed Rafique from East Bengal on a two-year deal ahead of the upcoming season.

Rafique who made headlines back in 2014 when he scored the breathtaking winning goal in stoppage time that handed Atletico de Kolkata the ISL title in the inaugural season is a highly experienced midfielder, who will no doubt add steel and bite to Chennaiyin's midfield.

"I'm really happy to join the Chennaiyin FC family. It is one of the best teams, two times champions. I will try my best to help the team," Rafique said on signing for the Machans.

Besides ATK, he has also featured for three other clubs in the ISL—the latest being SC East Bengal for whom he had played in 31 matches in the last two seasons and has also made 12 appearances for the India men's senior national team - though the last of those came in 2018.

"We are very excited to see Mohammed Rafique in Chennaiyin blue. Across his illustrious career he has proudly represented the national team and scored the winning goal in the 2014 ISL final for ATK. We are also aware of the versatility he brings to the side and his experience will be invaluable for the younger boys in the squad," Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said while welcoming Rafique to the club.

The 31-year-old can also play as a right-back, thus giving his side more options if needed and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the next ISL season.