Soccer / J. League

Frontale trade Yoshito Okubo to Jubilo

Kyodo

Jubilo Iwata have acquired the J. League’s all-time leading scorer Yoshito Okubo from Kawasaki Frontale, the first-division side said Tuesday.

In a statement released by his former club, the 36-year-old Okubo said he feels bad about moving after six months with Frontale, for whom he scored just two goals in 12 league matches this season, and the decision was not easy.

“I made up my mind because I wanted to get a chance to shine again. I felt it was not possible for me to speed up my game and keep up with the changes that age brings under the circumstances (at Frontale),” said Okubo, who previously played for the club from 2013 to 2016, when he topped the J1 goal scoring list three seasons in a row.

He added: “My personal goal is to score 200 goals in the J. League.”

The former Japan striker started his professional career with Cerezo Osaka in 2001.

Okubo has 181 career top-flight goals

Jubilo, who are currently eighth in the 18-club league table, are hoping Okubo’s acquisition will make up for a shallow squad that has been hit with injuries to key players, including Brazilian forward Adailton.

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