J3 Preview: Fujieda MYFC v Zweigen Kanazawa

Kanazawa matchFujieda MYFC will find it hard to end their four game losing streak as they host 2nd place Zweigen Kanazawa on Sunday.

Fujieda MYFC team news
After four losses in a row, Fujieda fans and players alike were in need of a boost. Luckily, the club announced yesterday that they had resigned Desmond N’Ze Kouassi, known as Desmond. A firm fans’ favourite, he played in J2 last year for FC Gifu, making 25 appearances and scoring two goals.

The signing is a massive one for Fujieda. He was one of FC Gifu’s star defensive performers last year and that was in J2, so he should be a star once more in J3. The Italian-Ghanaian’s preferred position is at centre back which is perfect for MYFC right now, with the club having conceded 20 goals so far, the most in the league.

In other team news, Tsugutoshi Oishi scored his sixth goal of the season in the 4-1 midweek loss to Grulla Morioka. This means he now has over half of the club’s goals, six out of 11. If Fujieda can just improve the defensive side to their game, Desmond will play a part, then Oishi always has a goal in him so MYFC’s form may pick up. The striker has a poacher’s instinct which is unrivalled in J3.

Zweigen Kanazawa fact file
Stadium: 
Ishikawa Seibu Ryokuchi Stadium
Manager: 
Hitoshi Morishita
Last season: 
7th (JFL)

After equalling their best ever finish in the JFL last season by finishing in 7th place, Zweigen Kanazawa are currently in the dizzying heights of 2nd place in J3, after a run of four straight victories and just one loss all season.

After a 4-0 win over Sagamihara on the opening weekend, Zweigen picked up just one point from their next two games against Gainare Tottori and Nagano Parceiro. Since then though, they have won five of their last six with the one draw coming away to top of the table Machida Zelvia.

Zweigen lost a few of their players from last season but did manage to keep hold of two of three of their top scorers from last year as well as managing to add a few players with J League experience.

Their top scorer so far this year is Kazuhiro Sato and that’s not come as a surprise. The 23-year-old left winger was a star performer last year, scoring ten goals and assisting 11 more in 2013. A very impressive return from a left winger. This year he has five goals so far.

Last year’s top scorer though was Shohei Kiyohara, he scored 13 in 2013. 2014 hasn’t been so prolific though, with just two goals so far.

Zweigen’s defence has also been solid this year, having conceded only four goals all season. That has been partly down to their double signing of Sunao Hozaki and Yuji Sakuda. Both were playing J2 last year for Thespakusatsu Gunma and Montedio Yamagata respectively so have performed well in J3 this year.

Last season’s result
02/06/13: Fujieda MYFC 1-1 Zweigen Kanazawa

Kick off
The match is on Sunday at 13:00 local time or 05:00 UK time.

 

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