Former Brave Warriors captain Quinton Jacobs has just completed a very successful season in India where he helped his team Sikkim United gain promotion to the Indian Premier League, while he also signed up with one of India’s top clubs, Salgocar.
Jacobs played a starring role for Sikkim United both as a leader and a goal scorer. He was appointed captain of the team and playing in his favoured attacking midfield role, he went on to score 11 goals in 19 matches.
It was his second season with the club but while he was used as a defensive midfielder last season, his natural attacking abilities came shining through when a new Belgian coach used him in an attacking role.
“At first it was a bit bumpy because we had a very new team but as the season progressed the team gelled and we got a new coach from Belgium and in the end our season was very successful,” he said.
“With the previous coach I had a more defensive role but the new coach used me in an attacking midfield role so I could attack much more and I didn’t have so many defensive duties. So that’s why I managed to score 11 goals and had a successful season,” he said.
Jacobs impressed so much in fact that he was signed up by Salgocar, one of the top Premier League clubs in India, which is based in Goa.
After completing his season with Sikkim United, he flew to Goa to sign terms with his new club, that he will be joining in June, ahead of the new Indian Premier League season.
“I’m joining Salgocar who have been very successful over the past few years. They won the I League two seasons ago and hopefully I can help them to win it again this coming season,” he said.
Jacobs said that the standard of football in India had improved a lot, especially since they started bringing in more foreign players and coaches.
“The standard of football in India is improving because they are bringing more foreign players into the league. The local Indian players are also understanding the game a bit better because of the foreign coaches they are bringing in, and in general the standard of football is improving.”
The 33-year-old Jacobs said he hoped to still play for a few years and that his main aim was to win the I League with his new club.
“My short term goal is to win the I League with Sangoka and my long term goal is to one day become a coach and to help young Namibian players to reach their highest level in football,” he said.