Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennaiyin FC on Saturday unveiled their new kits — designed by fans, ahead of the 2022-23 season, here.
In a first for an Indian Super League club, all three kits — home, away and third — have been designed by fans, following a contest conducted earlier this year.
According to the club, fans from all over the world were invited to submit their designs and from close to about 50 entries, Aynstine Thomas Jesudas and Ramkumar B’s kit renditions were shortlisted.
Aynstine, who hails from Kerala, takes credit for the home kit design that has been carried forward onto the away kit. While the more contemporary third kit was the work of Chennai-based fan Ramkumar.
The blue-coloured home kit and the white away kit have an image of Chennai Central imprinted at the bottom. While the yellow third kit has a Drishti Bommai (an intimidating doll mask that is supposed to ward off evil) as its central element.
கெத்து, பாரம்பரியம், உணர்வுகள், அன்பு, Chennai than namma வீடு…
நம்ம ‘ is here!
— Chennaiyin FC (@ChennaiyinFC) July 23, 2022
“This year, we will reach the final and bring the trophy back and will play in the AFC cup. Thank you for always cheering for us. All of us who have missed playing at the Marina Arena and the atmosphere there,” said Chennaiyin FC midfielder Anirudh Thapa, at the jersey launch event.
“We are really excited to be back at the home field with you guys being there. We will be doing our best for the city and the team,” he added.
The CFC event was also attended by the club’s co-owners Vita Dani and Abhishek Bachchan, alongside head coach Thomas Brdaric and others.