City FC del­e­ga­tion builds links with Ja­pan

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Auck­land City FC full­back Takuya Iwata will re­turn to his na­tive Ja­pan to de­liver a coach­ing clinic with young Ja­panese foot­ballers.

Iwata will be joined by City play­ers An­drew Milne and Ta­mati Wil­liams, along with the club’s gen­eral man­ager Terry Ken­nelly.

The week-long tour will see the group de­liver a four-day coach­ing clinic to Ja­panese foot­ballers from the Ar­riba Soc­cer School.

The ini­tia­tive came about through Iwata’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Ja­panese foot­baller Sho Ta­jima.

Ta­jima, who has played pro­fes­sion­ally in Ja­pan, Sin­ga­pore and Spain, is now tour­ing New Zealand.

‘‘Auck­land City FC has com­peted at three Fifa Club World tour­na­ments in Ja­pan and the club is very well thought of by the peo­ple there,’’ Ta­jima says.

‘‘Next year we would also like to see a youth team from Auck­land City travel to play in a Ja­panese tour­na­ment.’’

Auck­land City’s chair­man Ivan Vuk­sich sees the trip as a great op­por­tu­nity for the foot­ball club.

‘‘Our club was only formed in 2004 but al­ready we feel like we have a spe­cial bond with Ja­pan and its peo­ple.

‘‘We have trav­elled to play there on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions now and the hospi­tal­ity and warmth pro­vided to us on each oc­ca­sion is some­thing that we will never for­get.’’

Clean sheet: The cham­pion MAGS girls foot­ball team tri­umphed over Saint Kentigern Col­lege 1-0 at Sed­don Fields in the Knock Out Cup fi­nal. The team is still yet to con­cede a goal all sea­son.

Photo: ACFC ME­DIA

Ja­pan bound: Auck­land City FC del­e­ga­tion to Ja­pan: Terry Ken­nelly, Sho Ta­jima, Takuya Iwata and An­drew Milne (Ab­sent: Ta­mati Wil­liams).

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