This season has been a record-breaking season for Port. Nothing to do with football of course, but when it comes to stacking up column inches Port have been nothing short of extraordinary. We would probably be contenders for the title if 3 points were awarded for outlandish transfer rumours rather than wins.
The name that just keeps popping up again and again in connection to Port is Jackson ‘Jaja’ Coelho. The Buriram man, on loan from Belgian top tier side Lokeren, is currently second top scorer in T1 with 28 strikes to his name thus far. Bloody hell. It’s to be expected that when a player racks up the goals like Jaja has, bigger clubs will come calling; what isn’t to be expected is that the club he has fired to the summit of the table doesn’t seem too bothered about keeping him, and the club that most people are talking about as his next destination is a mid-table outfit with a penchant for crap signings.
The only thing that makes this story even slightly plausible is the pre-season palaver that was Port’s last attempt to sign the Brazilian bulldozer. Without getting in to any details, Port were on the verge of signing Coelho, but the deal fell through at the last minute. The Sandpit’s sources say that the Jaja deal is definitely, unequivocally not happening, but the sheer number of rumours make it a story worth following at the very least. Muangthong, despite their plethora of striking options, are also reported to be in the frame.
In other news, the man who has been responsible for the majority of Port’s column inches this season – Zico – is rumoured to be getting out of dodge and resurfacing in Vietnam. After his stock fell considerably during his miserable spell with Port, Zico is sensibly looking to relocate to a place where his exploits with with Hoàng Ang Gia Lai have made him a household name, and his reputation is still intact. We wish Zico the best of luck in his future endeavours. It’s a shame things didn’t work out. He is expected to either rejoin Hoàng Ang Gia Lai for a third spell as manager, or most likely take over as Vietnam National Team boss.