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