Position : Central Defence
DOB : 8 Aug 1978
Nickname : Koga
A Fukuoka native he was brought to the club as our experienced central defensive organiser when Makoto Tanaka retired.
He’s played over 10 years in the top division for Nagoya, Jubilo and Kashiwa, and was hoped to be able to organise the players around him to make a strong defensive unit.
As it turned out we had our worst defensive season ever, and he will be looking to make a much better unit in his second year. It is possible; Makoto Tanaka didn’t have a great first season either.
Tall, and not very mobile he likes to have players in front of him, and goes forward for set pieces and if the team is in need of a goal with 5 minutes to play.
Despite being on what is almost certainly the biggest contract at the club he hasn’t really earned the money yet, and his limitations in regards to pace hurt the team as we try to play a high line to squeeze the space.