Former Japan linebacker Masafumi Kawaguchi confidently vowed to make the San Francisco 49ers final roster and become the first Japanese player in the NFL as the 30-year-old Ritsumeikan University alumni heads to the Niners’ training camp.

“I can imagine myself standing on the sideline of the 49ers on the NFL season opener,” Kawaguchi said in a news conference at a Tokyo hotel on Friday.

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