New I-league champions Chennai City FC were congratulated by the FIFA president Gianni Infantino for winning the title of the 2018-19 campaign. In a letter addressed to the  All India Football Federation (AIFF), Infantino hailed the club for their efforts and hard work. The Chennai-based football club were crowned champions after they finished first on the league table with 43 points after 20 games played.

In the letter addressed to AIFF, Infantino wrote: “I was delighted to hear that Chennai City FC have been crowned 2018/19 I-League champions. It gives me great pleasure to congratulate them for their first ever championship title.

“This is, no doubt, the result of effort and hard work, and everybody involved can be proud of this great achievement. I encourage them to continue working with determination and motivation.”

Established in 1946, the club got a direct entry into the I-League for the 2016-17 season and became I-League champions in the 2018-19 season. The Chennai based team passed Kolkata giants Quess East Bengal by just one point to be crowned champions.

“On behalf of the entire football community, I take this opportunity to thank Chennai City FC and your federation for helping spread the positive message of football and foster the practice of this beautiful game that unites us all,” Infantino added.

(With Inputs From IANS)