Sota Nakazawa’s (Defender, 30) expected move to Kawasaki Frontale was completed yesterday after weeks of speculation that he was going to make a move to Júbilo Iwata. He is becoming part of an ever increasing list of out-goings in this rebuilding 2013 season.
He spent six seasons with the club, joining from Kashiwa Reysol in 2007, until 2012 and amassed 135 league appearances with 12 goals. The defender was missing for a large chunk of the 2012 season with that broken leg syndrome that Gamba caught when they needed it least. He made a total of 19 league appearances, one of which came from the bench, and he netted two headed goals against new team Kawasaki and former team Kashiwa Reysol. He totalled 1,641 league minutes and was credited with an own goal for Júbilo on that fateful December day…
For those years that he spent at Gamba, he will be accredited as an important part to that leaky defence but he also won the AFC Champions League, Emperor’s Cup, Nabisco Cup, Xerox Cup and Pan-Pacific Championship which shows that Kawasaki will be gaining a lot of experience and a winner which they need if they want to push into those ACL spots in the 2013 season. They have themselves a player who will help them to achieve those things as long as he is kept fit, unlike last season. Both teams play a similar style which means that Sota should have an easy transition into Frontale life!
This is what he had to say:
“I will not forget the irreplaceable and varied experience from the 6 years that I spent at Gamba. Even during matches when I wasn’t at the races the supporters gave me the courage to try harder. Thank you.” (Thanks to Vinci Per Osaka)
I am sure that he will be greatly missed at Gamba and everyone will want to see him carry on his winning ways at Kawasaki. I wish you all the best of luck and that you get the trophies that you and Kawasaki should threaten to win next season.