Singaporean Akbar to coach Chennai city

Akbar Nawas (below right) on the touchlines during one of Chennai City's matches when he took charge of the I-League team towards the end of the 2017-18 season.
Akbar Nawas (right) on the touchlines during one of Chennai City's matches when he took charge of the I-League team towards the end of the 2017-18 season.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ ILEAGUEOFFICIAL

His first task is to lead I-League side against ex-Spurs striker Keane in Indian Super Cup tie

The next time Akbar Nawas takes his place in the dugout, he will have to prepare a plan to stifle the talents of former Tottenham forward Robbie Keane while also pitting his tactical nous against the Irishman.

The Singaporean coach has signed a two-year contract with Chennai City, the top-tier I-League team who will take on player-manager Keane's Indian Super League (ISL) side ATK next Friday in a qualifier for the inaugural Indian Super Cup. He replaces Indian V Soundararajan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'S'porean Akbar to coach Chennai city'. Print Edition | Subscribe