Korenaga wants to build bridges

Daisuke Korenaga received the Friend of Yuhua Award for Albirex's contributions to Yuhua.
Daisuke Korenaga received the Friend of Yuhua Award for Albirex's contributions to Yuhua.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

New Albirex Niigata president hopes to bring more Singaporean footballers to play in Japan

He has seen how Chanathip Songkrasin's J1 League move has opened doors to the Japanese professional ranks for Thai players, as well as for Consadole Sapporo to market in Thailand.

With his appointment as president of J2 League side Albirex Niigata earlier this month, Albirex Niigata (Singapore) chairman Daisuke Korenaga hopes to be a similar "bridge" between Singapore and his native Japan, giving more opportunities to Singaporean players.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline 'Korenaga wants to build bridges'. Print Edition | Subscribe