Japanese recruit for Aizawl FC

Aizawl FC today signed a Japanese player, Yuta Kinowaki, the club's first foreign recruit, as they gear up for their I-League campaign.

By Nilotpal Bhattacharjee in Silchar
  • Published 28.10.15
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Silchar, Oct. 27: Aizawl FC today signed a Japanese player, Yuta Kinowaki, the club's first foreign recruit, as they gear up for their I-League campaign.

Kinowaki had played for Energetyk Grifino in Poland in the 2013-2014 season, before moving to Latvia, to play for Bernu Futbola Centrs (BFC) Daugavpils in the 2014-2015 season.

The 24-year-old had also played for his hometown club Kyoto Shiko Club, one of the oldest football clubs in Japan, in the local league for half a season, before the Aizawl FC deal was struck.

Aizawl FC, winners of the second division I-League in 2015, is currently building the team for the I-League scheduled to start in January next year. The team from Mizoram is currently the league leader of McDowell's Mizoram Premier League and the first team from the state to play in the I-League.

"We are on the hunt for a few more quality foreign and home-grown players to strengthen the team and compete with the best clubs in the country," said Robert R. Royte, president and owner of Aizawl FC.

Kinowaki is a versatile midfielder who can play at centre-back as well as wing-back positions.

Aizawl FC is the fifth team from the Northeast to take part in the I-League, the country's premier football tournament.

Shillong Lajong FC was the first club from the region to make it to the I-League, back in 2009. United Sikkim, Rangdajied United and Royal Wahingdoh followed suit, though the former two are no longer a part of the tournament.