You just could not have written it. A fairy tale debut by Nigerian striker Okha, gave Fujieda the win over league leaders. A fantastic victory for the side, especially after having to come back from a goal down to grab the victory.
Toshihide Saito chose to stick with last week’s 4-5-1 formation but he decided to make some changes to the lineup. Daichi Shibata in goal was replaced by FC Gifu loanee Tatsuya Murao, who had not played since the second game of the season. Just as it started to appear Saito was settled on Shibata as his number 1, he has switched to Murao who did not have the best of starts to the season. Daijirou Okuda also came in at left back, replacing Hiroki Narabayashi.
Nagano Parceiro went for a 4-3-3 formation, with Yuki Sato, Keita Tanaka and top scorer Yuji Unozawa up front.
The game looked like it was heading into the half time break at 0-0 until Tanaka scored to put the away side 1-0 up in the 41st minute. It was the 22 year old’s second goal of the season.
Disappointed by conceding, manager Saito made the radical decision of making a double substitution at half time. On came left back Narabayshi for striker turned midfielder Alan in a surprising move. However, the real talking point was Takahisa Nishiyama’s replacement. It was 18 year old Nigerian striker Okha, making his debut in Fujieda colours.
It turned out to be a tactical masterstroke with current top scorer Kerlon, scoring his fourth of the season to level the game 1-1 in the 63rd minute. A through ball by Hiroyuki Ishida after his bursting turn from midfield played the Brazilian in down the left side of the box, who fired into the far right of the goal.
Just seven minutes later he got his chance and he took it. Okha scored the winner in the 70th minute to send the MYFC faithful into a frenzy. This time a chipped through ball played in the forward over the top of the defence. He then hit it first time on the half volley over the ‘keeper and into the top left corner.
It was the perfect way to introduce yourself to the adoring fans. His first game had been much hyped and he did not like the fans down. I am sure he had been dreaming of such a debut and it had come true for the youngster. His celebrated with a little dance of his own in the corner. Fujieda fans will be hoping they see that more this season.
The home side managed to hold on and even brought on defender Ryuji Mochizuki for his first appearance of the season to steady up the defence.
Fujieda MYFC (4-5-1) – 1. Murao; 2. Saito, 15. M. Sato, 19. Tominari, 20. Okuda; 7. Ishii, 8. Hisatomi (17. Mochizuki 90′) , 10. Kerlon , 27. Ishida, 9. Alan (3. Narabayashi 45′); 11. Nishiyama (30. Okha 45′)
Nagano Parceiro (4-3-3) – 1. Suwa; 3. Oshima, 4. Kawaba, 14. Takano (2. Matsubara 83′), 15. Nishiguchi; 5. Ohashi (18. Kujiraoka 86′), 25. Arinaga, 11. Hatada (24. Fujii 67′); 7. Sato, 8. Tanaka, 10. Unozawa
Final score: Fujieda MYFC 2-1 AC Nagano Parceiro
Scorers: Tanaka 41′, Kerlon 63′, Okha 70′
Next game: Wednesday 1st May 7pm (11am UK time) – Machida Zelvia (away)
A superb victory today. Showing real spirit to come back from a goal down and great to see Okha score on his debut. Another goal for Kerlon, he really is class at this level.
A bonus midweek game on Wednesday will be tough away to relegated J2 side Machida Zelvia but in this form, MYFC must be backing themselves for a result.