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Local soccer team folds without giving any notice

Date Posted: 2009-12-17

Shock rippled through the hallways of the Okinawa Kariyushi Football Club in Naha City as soccer players and employees learned their club was out of business.

There was no hint of the Okinawa Kariyushi FC Club being in trouble, and nobody knew anything until a one page fax was sent out a week ago announcing a meeting on Friday. The Club president announced “Okinawa Kariyushi FC will be dissolved.” As it turned out, Okinawa Kariyushi FC President Shigeru Yonamine had told only one person in advance, and the word to team captain Issei Onodera was given only one day prior to the announcement.

Onodera was asked by the team president “can you call all players tomorrow and tell them that I have something to tell them about dissolution?” When the players gathered at team headquarters, Yonamine told them “Sorry, I have no money anymore to keep the team, and I can’t find any money to keep operations going. I am so sorry.”

Yonamine told the players “don’t worry, there are two companies interested in getting the Club.” He says “we have been searching to find a way out of financial difficulty since last year, but without money we can’t even make contracts with players.” One player says “There must be something very wrong. This can’t be true, because our president told us only a couple of days ago to make new contracts. After two days, how can he change his mind?” Officials say it costs ¥50-60 million per year to operate the Okinawa Kariyushi FC.

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