52-year-old signs new contract with Yokohama

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The world’s oldest player Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue playing after signing a new deal with Japanese club, Yokohama.

He’ll be playing in his 35th season since making his professional debut aged 19, back in 1986.

He remains the only player active from when the J League was formed in 1993.

“In the 2020 season, I was able to renew the contract with Yokohama FC,” he said on Saturday.

“Team J1 make daily efforts for the goal of retention but, I do not forget the feelings of gratitude and feelings to enjoy the football, I will do my best to be able to contribute to the team win.”

The former Japan international has played for several clubs across his long-standing career, including Santos, Palmeiras, XV de Jaú and Coritiba.

He played for Verdy Kawasaki from 1990 to 1998 and made 192 appearances for the club, in which he scored 100 times.

One of his other longest stints came when the Yokohama star played for Vissel Kobe from 2001 to 2005, making 103 appearances and scoring on 24 occasions.

He’s been at Yokohama since 2005 and he’ll be playing in the J1 League next season after securing promotion from the J2 League.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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