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Mass Departures At Ryukyu

Coach Jorge Yonashiro has already departed the club following FC Ryukyu's very disappointing first year in the JFL - but it's just been announced that no fewer than nine players have followed him out of Okinawa. The biggest name to leave is defender Christiano, a regular in the first team and one of the few members of the squad who more or less managed to live up to the pre-season hopes of Ryukyu's army of fans.

But substitute striker Tatico follows him back to Brazil and Bruno also vacates the squad, which is sure to have a very different look to it in 2007, as the club work towards their ambition of J-League associate membership and a purpose-built 10,000 seater stadium. The other departures in the meantime are goalkeeper Shota Wada; defender Jun Kato, who has experience in Brazil; young midfield player Kenshiro Higa; Sho Tajima, a midfielder formerly with Kyushu League side Kaiho Bank; well-travelled forward Shinji Fujiyoshi; and striker Tomoki Oguri.

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