With Wednesday's result, Abahani drew level with Chennaiyin on top of group on seven points from four games.
The AFC Cup match between Myanmar's Yangon United and Cambodia's Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium will witness this moment.
The late winner itself may have been rather fortuitous, but Chennaiyin coach John Gregory won’t care.
There is another curious link between the two teams. Chennaiyin’s assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha turned out for Dhaka for two seasons in 1999 and 2000.
CFC had defeated Nepal's Manang Marshyangdi Club 2-0 in their previous outing before playing out a goalless draw with Indian rivals Minerva FC in their opening match.
Chennaiyin won the 2017-18 Indian Super League but had a disastrous outing in the just-concluded season as they finished at the bottom of the table.
Minerva qualified for the AFC Cup on the basis of winning the 2017-18 I-League but they had a forgettable outing in the just-concluded season, finishing second from bottom.
The former ISL champs came into the game on the back of two consecutive wins and the players showed why.
Chennaiyin FC is the envy of the rest of the clubs in India right now according to their coach John Gregory.
The club had requested for permission from SDAT to host the group stage matches at Chennai.
Chennaiyin were not much better against Colombo FC in the second leg of their AFC Cup qualifying play-off, than they were in the league.
After a tepid opening few minutes, the game's first real chance fell to Chennaiyin's Francis on the right, whose shot from a distance following a chest-down from striker Lalpekhlua went just wide.
Chennaiyin, the first ISL outfit to participate in the AFC Cup, are vying for a place in the group stage of the AFC Cup from the in the South Asian Zone.
Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC will make their debut in Asia through the 2019 AFC Cup, beginning with the play-off round in March next year.
He said packed scheduling is in back of their mind, but AFC is happening in February, and hence, the team have not looked that far ahead.