I-League 2018: Minerva Punjab signs Colombian defender Caicedo 

Reigning I-League champion Minerva Punjab FC has roped in Colombian defender Jorge Ivan Caicedo Rodriguez.

Jorge Ivan Caicedo Rodriguez's arrival with bolster Minerva Punjab's defence as it looks to retain its I-league title.   -  Special Arrangement

Defending I-League champion Minerva Punjab FC has roped in Jorge Ivan Caicedo Rodriguez for the remainder of the season.

"I have seen videos of I-League games and I am impressed by the attractive and competitive football which is played. This is the high standard of football which I will like to be part of,” Caicedo, who is also known as “El Kaiser”, said.

The 23-year-old centreback made his debut in Asia debut with Thinadhoo Sports Club in the Maldivian Premier League last season. He helped the island club finish fourth in the league and reach the President’s Cup semifinals. 

“Maldivian football had helped to broaden my perspective on Asian football and culture, particularly South Asia. I learnt how to appreciate and adapt to the lifestyle and the way football is played in this part of the world. This experience would come in handy when I link up with Minerva, especially when we play in the AFC Champions League,” he added.   

The Colombian relishes the challenges ahead, especially since the bar has been raised when Minerva ended its fairytale run last season with the League title.  

"Even if at certain points of the season the going gets tough, the fans can be assured that I will give nothing less than 100% on and off the pitch.  I am ambitious so I want to win every competition which we are playing in. Under my stewardship, Thinadhoo has one of the best defensive records last season.  I intend to replicate that with the Warriors,” he concluded.