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Chennaiyin FC complete signing of goalkeeper Vishal Kaith

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Chennai, Aug 31: Chennaiyin FC (CFC) on Saturday confirmed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Vishal Kaith, who put pen to paper on a long-term permanent deal with the club.

Kaith joins the two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions from Hyderabad FC for an undisclosed fee, after spending the previous three seasons at FC Pune City.

Kaith, who hails from Rohru town in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, was initially spotted by the state-level football setup. He was then nurtured by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Academy from 2011 to 2014. 

The goalkeeper later joined I-League outfit Shillong Lajong and played there for three subsequent seasons, making a name for himself as a budding young custodian. During his Lajong tenure, he also had a loan spell at FC Pune City for the 2016 ISL campaign.

Kaith subsequently made his move to Pune permanent, and was instrumental in FCPC reaching the 2017-18 ISL semis, contributing with seven clean sheets in 17 appearances that season.

Kaith has progressed through the youth ranks and represented India at the U-16, U-19 and U-23 levels, also recently receiving call-ups to the senior national team squad. At the 2018 SAFF Championships in which the India U-23s finished runners-up, he kept clean sheets against Sri Lanka and Maldives in the group games.

The CFC's eighth summer signing will join the squad in Ahmedabad for pre-season following his duties with the Indian national team. 

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