The Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) has received a box of football gear from Mr. Tsuyoshi Kodama — a Japanese professional football player.
The 30 year-old-player from Osaka joined Montedio Yamagata in 2017 after playing two other professional teams in Japan. He is now a goalkeeperin the J2 football team — Montedio Yamagata.
In a video message to the people of Vanuatu, Tsuyoshi conveys his wish for the people to enjoy and make many friends through football, because football is a universal language.
His initiative is just practicing what he believes. He also hopes one day he can enjoy football together on the same ground.
VFF President Lambert Maltock, expressed his sincere appreciation to Tsuyoshi for his support to Vanuatu football.
The President says the donated goods will boost the capacity of goalkeepers, this is one of the immediate focuses of the Federation.
He mentions the Vanuatu National team won gold medals because of the immense contribution from a veteran goalkeeper, Chikau Mansale. But now it is time to see the generation change.
The assistance came after a visit by Japan’s Professional Football League (J-League) in September, 2017. The JICA Vanuatu office coordinates these activities with J-League and wants to see the cooperation between VFF and J-league grow in the near future.
The Montedio Yamagata is part of the J2 league and it is ranked 11th among 22 teams in 2017.
The origin of the team dates back to 1984 as a company owned club -NEC Yamagata Soccer Club.
The team turned to community-based football club team in 1998, and joined the J2 league in 1999.
They are based in Yamagata prefecture, northern part of Japan and aim to entertain community members as well as create new value from their hometown Yamagata region.
The team also contributes to community development through sports.
You can watch Tsuyoshi’s full message to the people of Vanuatu on the following website: