Japanese midfielder turns J-league contract extension for a move to Zambia
The Zambia Super League may soon have a Japanese player after Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder Kosuke Nakamachi announced on Wednesday his intent to continue his career in Zambia.
Japanese media (The Japan Times) reports that Nakamachi turned down a two-year contract extension with the J. League first division side in favour of a move to the Zambia Super League.
The 33-year-old, who joined Marinos in 2012, revealed his decision in a post to his Instagram account.
“If I have the support of the Marinos family, I feel like I can work hard no matter how far away I am or how much adversity I might face,” Nakamachi wrote. “That is the level of affection I have felt over the last seven years.”
Nakamachi's messag was accompanied by an undated video which depicted him playing with children in Zambia. Nakamachi wrote that since 2013, he has worked with a charity run by a college classmate which donates soccer balls throughout the region.
“I have seen the smiles of children who play without shoes who have never received brand-new soccer balls. If I can bring joy to others by playing soccer, it ads so much importance to what I do.”
It's not clear however which club he will join but rumours have already started making rounds with Lusaka dynamos and Buildcon tipped as the front runners to land the 33 year old.