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Regional League News In Brief
Two mid-ranking but ambitious Regional League teams have released details of the squads which they hope will enable them to make a stronger push for promotion to the JFL in 2007. Okinawa Kariyushi and Fervorosa Hakusan Ishikawa both performed well last season - in the Kyushu and Hokushinetsu Leagues respectively - but were nevertheless out of their depth in competition with better-backed local clubs, such as V Varen Nagasaki and Matsumoto Yamaga Club.

Kariyushi, however, have brought in a number of players from JFL sides, including keeper Hiroki Hamamura from SC Tottori, former Honda Lock duo Shogo Horiuchi and Kazumasa Asami, and diminutive young midfielder Kenshiro Higa from neighbours FC Ryukyu. It's unlikely that these newcomers will enable them to challenge the likes of V Varen, New Wave Kitakyushu or indeed relegated Honda Lock - but this constitutes a step up for the club, who can perhaps now look forward to a season of progress.

14 Mar 07 - The 2007 Okinawa Kariyushi squad, stuffed full of Ganbaro

The 2007 Okinawa Kariyushi squad, stuffed full of Ganbaro

Up in Ishikawa prefecture, meanwhile, things are looking yet more positive for Fervorosa. Having ended up last year further off the pace in their own league than were Kariyushi in theirs, it could be that 2007 will see them at least have some impact upon the destination of the Hokushinetsu title, even if the team may still lag a little behind AC Nagano Parceiro or Japan Soccer College in terms of strength in depth.

As previously reported here on JNFN, Fervorosa management have taken the brave step of bringing in two Slovenian players - former U21 internationals - in the shape of midfielder Jaka Jakopic and defender Milan Andelkovic. Striker Yutaro Abe, on loan from Montedio Yamagata and previously with Yokohama F Marinos, is the other key signing, but the club have sought to strengthen across the board.

A glut of players also make the move down from Japan Soccer College, but Yusuke Kawada, a forward, and keeper Shuichi Mizukami have both spent time at Alo's Hokuriku, while Hiroyuki Kobayashi joins from J1 newcomers Yokohama FC, having previously been on the books at Kawasaki Frontale and Urawa Reds.

JFL News In Brief
... FC Ryukyu beat Gushikawa High School 4-1 in their Sunday friendly game, two goals coming from former Saitama SC striker Go Ishii... but TDK SC lost 1-0 to Vissel Kobe on Tuesday...

13 Mar 07 - FC Ryukyu’s Go Ishii

FC Ryukyu’s Go Ishii
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