Chennaiyin FC has parted ways with Bozidar Bandovic after the club’s 5-0 defeat to FC Goa on Wednesday in the Indian Super League. Assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha will take over in the interim.
The 5-0 defeat was Chennaiyin’s heaviest ever in the Super League. Bandovic was in charge of the first team for 16 matches — winning five, drawing four and losing seven. They are now in the eighth position in the table and are the hopes of a playoff spot are all but diminished.
“Over the years, we’ve lost and won. But as a club, losing like this is something we cannot stand by and watch. And for now, we have full confidence in Sabir to see the season through,” co-owner Vita Dani stated.
Sabir Pasha is a former footballer who played for the Tamil Nadu club FC Indian Bank. He has represented India, too, in 68 games. He scored the winning goal against Bangladesh in the 1955 South Asian Games finals to help India win a gold medal.