News • December 1, 2015

Kogure: I Will Keep Working Hard


Written by: Kenneth Ho

Albirex Niigata (S) Fumiya Kogure shared his intention to hit higher heights after he was named the YEO’s Player of the Year.

The Japanese midfielder was especially instrumental in his side’s successful The New Paper League Cup 2015 and RHB Singapore Cup 2015 campaign.

In all competitions, Kogure was responsible for five goals, but it was his playmaking skills which really stood out as he made 13 assists.

However, the White Swans playmaker was surprised be named as the Player of the Year and he expressed his gratitude to the relevant stakeholders of selecting him.

“To be honest, I am surprised with this award today, but thanks to my teammates, they helped me so I appreciate their support,” he said.

Kogure added: “My family, especially for helping me mentally, so I would love to thank them too.”

With him capping off a brilliant season with two medals around his neck and one individual accolade, Kogure asserted that he was aiming to get better.

“I am very happy with this award, and I will keep trying to do my best in my football life,” Kogure said.

“I will never forget in my life but I won’t be satisfied with award, I will keep working hard to become a better football player.

A set-piece specialist, Fumiya Kogure is also arguably the most creative player in the league.

Sitting in the middle of an attacking triangle with Atsushi Kawata and Rion Taki on both his sides, most of Albirex Niigata FC (S)’s chances come through Kogure, who can be often spotted playing his teammates through with his visionary passes.

The midfielder was instrumental in Albirex clinching the Cup double, having lifted both The New Paper League Cup and RHB Singapore, becoming the first team in the S.League to do so.