While the rest of the squad must still be disappointed about the shocing result at the weekend there is one Avispa player who has had good news this week as Kanamori has been called up to the Japan U-19 team to go and play in Spain at the L’Alcúdia International Football Tournament.
This tournament is becoming highly regarded as a youth football tournament and will be hosting 10 teams (Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Spain) with matches starting on the 12th August and ending on the 21st.
It is a tournament which has involved several top players over the years including the likes of Raul and Ivan de la Pena, and players involved in big moves this summer Isco (Real Madrid) and Icardi (Inter Milan).
It means that he will miss a few games in August, but will hopefully be a good learning experience for him.
With his recent performances Mishima can’t have been far off, and will hopefully keep working hard under the encouragement that Avispa players can be noticed.
Much bigger than just Kanamori going to Spain is this ability for our youngsters to get NT recognition, and will hopefully mean that in the future the best young players in the area will see that they will get chances at Avispa, and then have more chance of being noticed than sitting on the bench at a J1 club.
There are so many top players who are from Fukuoka but have never been associated with Avispa, and under Pusnik’s focus on youth development will hopefully mean that we see more of them; should this happen it will mean much more than anything happening on the pitch in the next 2-3 years.
Even within the squad for this tournament there are players like Taiki Nakashima, a defender currently at Fukuoka University who has previously played with us at youth team levels. Hopefully he will have a good tournament and be looked at as someone who could become a designated player in following years and not end up at any club other than Avispa.