Two-time champions Chennaiyin FC announced the signing of 31-year-old Slovakian forward on free transfer. The club from Chennai has now completed their quota of seven foreign player signings, which must include one Asian player. The Marina Machans announced their new Asian signing F. Fatkhulloev last week, who hails from Tajikistan.
Chennaiyin FC managed to secure the services of experienced attackers to compensate their loss of Lithuanian striker Valskis. The striker joined hands with his former boss Coyle at Jamshedpur FC. Chennaiyin also missed out on their veteran Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua. The Mizo Sniper will don the Red and Gold in the upcoming edition of Indian Super League.
The South indian club has now struck a deal to seal Slovakian forward’s signature. Former Dinamo Zagreb forward Jakub Sylvestr will feature for Chennaiyin FC for the upcoming season. Jakub has penned to play in India for one season. This will also be Jakub’s first stint in India after playing in Israel for Hapoel Haifa. He’ll also be the first Slovakian player to play in Indian Super League.
Experienced Attacking set-up
The versatile forward can play at all three positions up front, which will be vital for manager Csaba Laszlo. The new Chennaiyin boss speaking to the official website about Jakub Sylvestr, he told, “Jakub (Sylvestr) will add necessary attacking impetus to our squad. He has been in good goalscoring form especially over the past few years, and I am certain he will carry that touch with him to India. I am excited to see him link up with our troops and hopefully create magic in front of the opponent’s goal.”
Jakub Sylvestr can be used up front at Chennaiyin FC with experienced wingers in the roster. Jakub will be accompanied by F. Fatkhulloev and Isma in the attack. The 31-year-old has also plied his trade in Germany apart from Championship winning season with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in top flight. Jakub was adjudged as top scorer for Nuremberg in 2. Bundesliga with 15 goals back in 2013.
“I am really excited about signing for CFC and coming to India for the first time. This is quite a new adventure for me – new continent, new family, new way of life living in the bubble and playing football. I am really looking forward to being with the team in Goa very soon. I will put my best foot forward to help the team succeed,”said Jakub after signing in favor of Chennaiyin FC.