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Kazuto Kushida: Bright Stars Japanese midfielder retires from football at 35

Kazuto Kushida: Bright Stars Japanese midfielder retires from football at 35

Japanese midfielder Kazuto Kushida has officially retired from football after Soltilo Bright Stars beat Mbarara City 2-0 in the final day of the season at Kavumba.

Kusinda came off the bench in the 60th minute replacing Joseph Janjali who had scored one of two goals seven minutes earlier. Marvin Youngman had scored the first in the opening half.

After his introduction, Kushida was handed the captain’s armband for the rest of the match and later received a guard of honor from players of either side.

He has retired after featuring in three league games for Bright Stars. He played in the 4-2 defeat to Wakiso Giants at Wakisha and a goalless draw at Busoga United.

The 35 year old midfielder born in Kyoto, Japan, joined Bright Stars in August after having an illustrious career in his native country as well as in Thailand and Australia.

He has previously played for Kyoto Sangyo, Sagawa Printing and Iwate Grulla Marioka in Japan, Wollongong United in Australia and Thailand clubs Chonburi FC and Chainat FC.

Kushida is the third Japanese to play for a Uganda Premier League club after Sakaguchi Matasaka who played for Kirinya Jinja SS (Busoga United) in the 2017/18 season.

Yutaka Aihara was the first Japanese to play in the UPL after featuring for the now defunct Masaka LC in 2005.

Fact File
Name: Kazuto Kushida
Date of Birth: 20th January 1987
Age: 35
Country: Japan
Position: Central midfielder

Clubs played for: Kyoto Sangyo, Sagawa Printing and Iwate Grulla Marioka (Japan), Chonburi FC, Phathong FC and Chainat FC (Thailand) and Wollongong United (Australia) and Soltilo Bright Stars (Uganda)

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