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Shock Ryukyu Appointment!
After a disastrous first year at JFL level, in which they won just six out of 34 matches, FC Ryukyu have stunned the world of Japanese non-league football with the announcement of their new coach. Following the departure at the end of the season of Jorge Yonashiro, the ambitious Okinawans have snapped up none other than outgoing Honda FC boss Hideo Yoshizawa.

Yoshizawa is only 34 but has spent the last two years in charge at Honda. Previously he fulfilled a role on the Hamamatsu-based side's coaching staff and prior to that was a member of the first team squad as a defender for fully ten years, having originally joined Honda in 1991. 2007 will therefore provide for Yoshizawa a very different challenge, having won the JFL at a canter with a club very well established at this level of football and in an environment with which he was naturally very familiar.

In contrast, Ryukyu struggled to assert themselves after promotion from the Kyushu League, despite an apparently reasonable squad and a consistently good level of support. With this single appointment, though, the club have taken a gamble, but at the same time confirmed their determination to progress towards the ultimate ambition of a J-League place.

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