Be Forward Wanderers Football Club playmaker Jabulani Linje has successfully sealed a two- year contract starting from the 2018 season with Japanese’s Yokohama Sports & Culture Club (Y.S.C.C. Yokohama), club’s sponsors BE FORWARD CO., LTD has announced.
According to the Press Statement released by the sponsors, the deal is subject to the completion of medical checks which will be done upon his arrival in Japan.
Y.S.C.C. Yokohama is a J3 (the 3rd division of Japan Professional Football League) outfit and Linje becomes the first ever Malawian to play in J-League.
BE FORWARD had invited four players from Wanderers FC to Japan to undergo trials with a prospect of transferring to J-League teams. Two players (Precious Msosa and Jabulani Linje) joined a selection session held by Y.S.C.C. Yokohama in last December and Jabulani Linje passed the trials.
“I am delighted to have been accepted as the member of Y.S.C.C. Yokohama. It is a great honor to become the first Malawian to play in a J-League club. I will do my very best to help Y.S.C.C. Yokohama win a place in J2 and become a player who can inspire the dreams of children in Malawi. Supporters, thank you very much for welcoming me,” said Jabulani Linje.
The birth of the first Malawian J-Leaguer has also prompted soccer fans in Malawi to cast enthusiastic eyes on J-League. Y.S.C.C. Yokohama is planning to hold a press conference in February or March to mark Jabulani Linje’s entry.
Since 2015, BE FORWARD has been sponsoring Wanderers FC as the first Japanese company to own a Malawian professional soccer team. Last December, Wanderers won the national league for the first time as a Japanese team in Africa.
“BE FORWARD aspires to promote soccer in Malawi by training world-class players through the management of Wanderers FC. To this end, we continue to boost the team’s standard by offering opportunities for the players deprived of a suitable environment to practice under Japan’s latest training methods and know-how.
“Through our activities, we further hope that the players of the team would inspire the dreams and goals of children in the emerging countries. At the same time, BE FORWARD will continue to support Linje during his stay in Japan to facilitate his activities at Y.S.C.C. Yokohama,” reads part of the statement.