By John Tuerijama
ONE of Namibia’s A-rated Premier League coaches, Nicolas Woody Jacobs says he will find a club before the 2016/17 season of the Namibia Premier League kicks off in September.
Jacobs parted ways acrimoniously with Black Africa at the end of the previous season, after the club’s management decided to cancel all contracts of players and the technical team. Some players and new coaches have since been re-appointed on re-negotiated contracts.
However, Jacobs still finds himself out of a coaching job as clubs have already started their pre-season preparation in anticipation of the kick off next month.
He confirmed that there have been a few approaches but nothing concrete was sealed.
“So as it currently stands I am clubless but my ambition is to coach. It doesn‘t matter what level but I am still searching,” he noted.
Asked if he would accept a coaching job with one of the league’s smaller clubs, Jacobs said: “I personally think that one can do well with a smaller club and Tura Magic is an example of that. I don’t mind coaching a smaller club.”
Supposing that no club signs him up as coach, Jacobs said he would also be comfortable serving as a technical advisor to any club in the premier league. He said he would be happy with whatever position that gave him the chance to add value and lead a team to success.
On his rumoured interest in the advertised position of Namibia Football Association (NFA) technical director, Jacobs said: “I saw the advertisement and I will apply simply because I think, I can add value to Namibian football and because I have always been a firm believer that our football holds promise.”
Regarding his interest in the Brave Warriors coaching job, Jacobs said: “It would be rude to say that I am interested since the Brave Warriors have a coach currently. But I think it is every coach’s ambition to coach your country one day.”
Jacobs said he has coached the majority of the teams in Namibia, and also conceded that perhaps clubs were fed up with him for jumping from club to club, season after season.
“Maybe a different direction can do the trick like the position of the NFA technical director. I believe that I possess the academic and coaching credentials for that position and me being clubless has definitely opened the doors for young and upcoming coaches to get to coach at premier league level,” he stressed.
Jacobs also expressed his opinion on the current state of football, saying the game has made good strides of late. “I am still a firm believer in our football and the talent that we possess amongst our football playing youth. That’s why the successes doesn’t surprise me one bit. Imagine what we can achieve if we all move in the same direction,” he enthused.
He was referring to the recent Cosafa Cup Under 17 successes as well as local clubs holding their own against South African giants in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup which took place two weeks ago in Windhoek.
Jacobs is among the much travelled coaches in Namibia, having had a stint with amongst others African Stars, Black Africa, Tigers, Orlando Pirates, Eleven Arrows, Tura Magic and the now defunct Monitronic Success College football club.
He has won the Namibia Premier League with Civics and with African Stars.
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