Kazuki Ganaha

Kazuki Ganaha (我那覇 和樹, Ganaha Kazuki, born September 26, 1980) is a Japanese football player who plays for Kamatamare Sanuki.[1]

Kazuki Ganaha
我那覇 和樹
Personal information
Full name Kazuki Ganaha
Date of birth (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Kamatamare Sanuki
Number 9
Youth career
1996–1998 Ginowan High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2008 Kawasaki Frontale 246 (69)
2009–2010 Vissel Kobe 19 (0)
2011–2013 FC Ryukyu 88 (31)
2014– Kamatamare Sanuki 105 (12)
Total 458 (112)
National team
2006 Japan 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season

Club careerEdit

After graduating Ginowan High School in 1999, he joined J2 League side Kawasaki Frontale. He made his professional debut on May 2, 1999 against Vegalta Sendai. His first professional goal came on May 13, 2000 against Nagoya Grampus Eight. Frontale won the champions in 1999 season and was promoted to J1 League. However the club was finished at bottom place in J1 in 2000 season and was returned to J2 in a year. In 2003, he became a regular forward. In 2004, he scored 22 goals and he was the 2nd top J2 League scorer. He helped lead Frontale to the J2 League championship and Frontale was promoted to J1. In 2006, he scored 18 goals and he was the 3rd top J1 League scorer. Frontale also finished at the 2nd place in 2006 season. However his opportunity to play decreased from 2007 season.

During the 2007 season, Ganaha was suspended for six games due to alleged infringement of the anti-doping code by intravenous therapy with saline solution and vitamin B1, due to dehydration and inability to take fluids orally. Ganaha appealed the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in December 2007, and on May 26, 2008, CAS issued a ruling supporting him and to have the six game suspension reversed.[2]

Ganaha transferred the register to Vissel Kobe in 2009. Although he played in 2 seasons, he could not play many matches and he could only scored a goal in 2009 J.League Cup.

In 2011, Ganaha moved to Japan Football League club FC Ryukyu based in his local Okinawa Prefecture. He played as regular forward and scored many goals. The club was also promoted to new league J3 League from 2014.

In January 2014, Ganaha moved to newly was promoted to J2 club Kamatamare Sanuki, without playing for FC Ryukyu in J3. Although the club results was sluggish, he played many matches until 2016. However his opportunity to play decreased and the club finished at the bottom place in 2018 season and was relegated to J3.

National team careerEdit

Ganaha made his senior national team debut on August 9, 2006, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, the first match under the reign of new national coach Ivica Osim. He is the first Okinawa-born footballer to play for the Japanese National Team. His first international goal was an injury time winner in an 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen, held on September 6, 2006 in San‘a’, Yemen.[3] He also scored 2 goals in another qualifier against Saudi Arabia.[4] He played 6 games and scored 3 goals for Japan in 2006.[5]

Club statisticsEdit

As of end of 2018 season[6][7][8]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AFC Total
1999 Kawasaki Frontale J2 League 3 0 3 2 0 0 - 6 2
2000 J1 League 18 2 1 0 7 2 - 26 4
2001 J2 League 31 2 5 1 3 1 - 39 4
2002 21 3 5 4 - - 26 7
2003 40 13 4 4 - - 44 17
2004 42 22 3 2 - - 45 24
2005 J1 League 26 6 3 2 2 0 - 31 8
2006 32 18 1 0 9 3 - 42 21
2007 18 1 1 0 1 0 5 0 25 1
2008 15 2 2 0 5 2 - 22 4
Total 246 69 28 15 27 8 5 0 306 92
2009 Vissel Kobe J1 League 11 0 1 0 3 1 - 15 1
2010 8 0 1 0 0 0 - 9 0
Total 19 0 2 0 3 1 - 24 1
2011 FC Ryukyu Football League 27 6 1 0 - - 28 6
2012 28 13 0 0 - - 28 13
2013 33 12 2 0 - - 35 12
Total 88 31 3 0 - - 91 31
2014 Kamatamare Sanuki J2 League 26 3 1 0 - - 27 3
2015 31 5 1 0 - - 32 5
2016 24 1 1 0 - - 25 1
2017 12 2 0 0 - - 12 2
2018 12 1 1 0 - - 13 1
2019 J3 League - -
Total 105 12 4 0 - - 109 12
Career total 458 112 37 15 30 9 5 0 530 136

National team statisticsEdit

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 6 3
Total 6 3

National team career statisticsEdit

Appearances in major competitionsEdit

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
2006 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 1 3 3 Qualified

Goals for senior national teamEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2006-09-06 Althawra Sports City Stadium, Sana'a, Yemen   Yemen 1-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 2006-11-15 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan   Saudi Arabia 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3. 2006-11-15 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan   Saudi Arabia 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kazuki Ganaha at J.League (in Japanese)  
  2. ^ "Arbitration CAS 2008/A/1452 Kazuki Ganaha v/Japan Professional Football League, award of 26 May 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  3. ^ The AFC Asian Cup 2007 Official Website
  4. ^ The AFC Asian Cup 2007 Official Website
  5. ^ Japan National Football Team Database
  6. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 227 out of 289)
  7. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. ? out of 289)
  8. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 219 out of 289)

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