With a big challenge of saving the relegation looming before them, the Mariners sign Quinton Jacobs in place of Stanley Okoroigwe....
The Mariners have suffered throughout the season because of the lacklustre performance of their midfield, with Stanley being held responsible primarily. With just a point to show from the 12 I-League matches, the Kolkata giants will have a tough time ahead to save relegation. The likes of Jewel Raja and Denson Devadas have failed to perform up to their expectations and it has to be seen how much balance Jacobs can provide to the struggling Bagan side.
It must be noted that if all the foreigners are fit, Jacobs may have to wait on the bench since Odafa Okolie and Tolgay Ozbey are certain first team players and Anyichie Echezona will also possibly start to manage the porous Bagan defense. Karim Bencherifa, the Bagan manager, selected Jacobs as he had earlier seen the Namibian while being at the helm of the Salgaocar side.
It must be remebered that the 34 year-old scored 16 goals in 23 appearances for United Sikkim last season in the second division. The high points of his career include having a trial at Manchester United, where he played a friendly against a Major League Soccer U-21 side for their reserve side in 1998.