Japanese Non-league Football News

Kyushu League
The Kyushu League season came to an exciting end with a double header totalling ten games spread over Saturday and Sunday in Fukuoka, which the final outcome being that New Wave Kitakyushu took the title, as long-term leaders Honda Lock stumbled at the last with a 2-1 defeat on Sunday by V Varen Nagasaki. All of this means that it will be top two finishers New Wave and Lock who proceed to the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-off in Hiroshima next month, while 2006 champions V Varen miss out having ended up in third.

For New Wave, this is their first Kyushu championship since adopting their current name in 2001, while predecessor club Mitsubishi Chemicals Kurosaki's last success was as long ago as 1989. Honda Lock, in contrast, are seeking to bounce straight back to the JFL after having been relegated only twelve months ago. But V Varen have much to mull over during the close season, having spent big in populating their squad with ex-J-Leaguers and players on full-time contracts, yet still failed to meet their target of a JFL place in one of the more competitive of Japan's Regional Leagues.

After having struggled all season long, Kumamoto Teachers and Fukuoka students Nanakuma Tombies are both relegated back to their respective Prefectural Leagues, while Kaiho Bank SC face a play-off to retain their status. And Volca Kagoshima captain and forward Shinichi Nishi ended up top scorer with a tally of 23 goals for the year. The same player also picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kyushu League, having notched up a remarkable record of netting 250 goals for Volca.

Sat 27 Oct: Honda Lock 3-1 Nippon Steel Oita
Sat 27 Oct: New Wave Kitakyushu 4-0 Kumamoto Teachers
Sat 27 Oct: Okinawa Kariyushi 4-2 Nanakuma Tombies
Sat 27 Oct: Osumi NIFS United 2-3 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki
Sat 27 Oct: Volca Kagoshima 7-0 Kaiho Bank SC

Sun 28 Oct: Kaiho Bank SC 0-4 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sun 28 Oct: Kumamoto Teachers 1-4 Nippon Steel Oita
Sun 28 Oct: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 1-1 Okinawa Kariyushi (PK 2-3)
Sun 28 Oct: Nanakuma Tombies 0-2 Volca Kagoshima
Sun 28 Oct: V Varen Nagasaki 2-1 Honda Lock

1. New Wave Kitakyushu 54 (+51)
2. Honda Lock 52 (+57)
3. V Varen Nagasaki 5- (+62)
4. Nippon Steel Oita 37 (+14)
5. Volca Kagoshima 33 (+22)
6. Okinawa Kariyushi 32 (+4)
7. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 26 (-21)
8. Osumi NIFS United 19 (-15)
9. Kaiho Bank SC 15 (-63)
10. Kumamoto Teachers 6 (-45)
11. Nanakuma Tombies 6 (-66)

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