Apologies for the lack of updates, but I’ve been away on a bit of break to the beautiful north of Gifu-ken – Takayama & Oku Hida. Anyway, here’s what has been going on in Gifu:
FC Gifu 2-3 Oita Trinita
Despite two goals from Nazarit, Gifu succumbed to their fourth defeat in a row. Oita took the lead before Nazarit equalized. But then, as so often happens with Gifu this year, the team conceded twice in quick succession and despite Nazarit notching his second in injury time, the gap was too much.
Tochigi SC v FC Gifu
Gifu head to Utsunomiya to face a Tochigi SC side, like Gifu, with very little to play for. Expect the coaches to talk the game up, but don’t be surprised if it is your usual end of season fayre.
There was a report at a Japanese Vietnamese football website that FC Gifu defender Yohei Iwasaki has been invited to train with current V.League champions Becamex Binh Duong. Iwasaki made waves on his debut when he won a penalty by getting booted in the face by a Nagasaki defender. Since then, he hasn’t really had a look in and his place has been taken by Yusuke Mori. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him move to Vietnam.
J1 challenge campaign
Forget what is happening on the pitch, off the pitch is where much is happening in Gifu these days. The “J1 challenge” has garnered an astounding 98,733 signatures and raised ¥1,644,416. An amazing effort from the supporters and volunteers, spearheaded by the Kachitaka supporters group (which can be found on Twitter at @fcgifukachitaka). The group are confident of reaching the 100,000 signature barrier in the next couple of days.
Gifu’s away game in Tochigi will be shown at the local Kasamatsu racecourse on their huge screen there. I’ll be there, hope to see you there too!!