Time to say goodbye…….

The end of season player cuts have begun. An initial five players have been told their contracts won’t be renewed. They are:

Kohei Nakashima: A forward who had started to look good until injury scuppered him during the season. When he came back to full fitness, he found that Gifu had signed three new strikers.

Blazhe Ilijovski: Almost too physical for J2, he found himself being penalized too much. He was on the end of some really frustrating refereeing, otherwise he could have been very good. His winner at Gunma, and his hold-up play against Gainare are two key reasons Gifu are still in J2.

Daiki Oizumi: A left sided defender/midfielder, Oizumi had a few games at the start of the year, but Gyotoku didn’t really seem to know what to do with him.

Ri Han Jae: Injured through the season, he came to help steady the midfield in a few games towards the end of the year. Operating best as a holding midfielder, I’m surprised he has been released.

Kayne Vincent: Immediately added some energy when he came, but was really under-utilized by Gyotoku & Karashima. Perhaps paid the price for missing a glorious chance to score against Avispa Fukuoka as he really didn’t play after that.

A really big お疲れ様でした to all these guys. I hope they find other clubs soon.

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3 thoughts on “Time to say goodbye…….

  1. Cam December 3, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    I don’t if it’s been said already or not, but any news on Desmond? Where will he be playing next year?

  2. avispafukuoka December 7, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    From a fairly lively performance against us I thought Vincent looked like he had enough to be quite good at J2 level. Did it really never get any better than that?

    And what did happen to Desmond? I also thought he was a pretty effective looking central defender, albeit one who probably made the supporters hold their breathe every time the ball went near him as he always looked like he might have a horrible mistake in him. I heard he was just going back to MYFC, but it seemed odd he had so few games.

    • stuartgifu December 9, 2013 / 7:47 pm

      Unfortunately for Vincent, no it didn’t. I don’t think the coaching staff forgave him for that miss against your boys.

      As for big Des, I think he lost the trust of the coaches and his dismal performance in Tokushima sealed his fate. We then brought in Kitani on loan and paired him with another young centre back, meaning that Des couldn’t get back in the squad.

      It wouldn’t surprise me to see him at this level again though. When his head is on right he can be a very good player.

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