The sad, but not unexpected, news of goalkeeper Shogo Tokihisa’s retirement came through this week.
Toki arrived at the club as a relative unknown from Kitakyushu but took over from Kyohei Noda during the 2012 season, and went on to become Gifu’s primary goalkeeper in the 2013 season. Last year, he found himself behind Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi and when he sustained a knee injury during the summer young ‘keeper Gakuji Ota showed well, ultimately sealing Toki’s exit from the club.
He was an excellent shot-stopper who kept Gifu in many games during the 2013 season. His feats as a penalty saver will be remembered as he saved 5 out of 7 penalties during that year.
Tokihisa has taken up a position as goalkeeper coach at Osaka Gakuin University (which is, coincidentally, where Gakuji Ota arrived at Gifu from) where he will pass on his experience to the next generation of ‘keepers.
Thank you Shogo, and good luck in the next stage of your career/life.