Kunimoto (25, Japan) will step on the Asian stage again.
On the 12th (Korean time), Malaysian professional football team Johor Takjim said, “We have recruited Japanese midfielder Kunimoto. His uniform number is 88,” he officially announced. Wearing a suit, Kunimoto toured the Johor home stadium and greeted the new team leader.
Kunimoto is a left-footed midfielder born in Japan in 1997. He was a promising prospect who was in the limelight enough to be selected for the Japan U-20 national team when he was young. He grew up in the J-League Urawa Reds youth team, but was released early due to a controversy over his personal life and moved to Avispa Fukuoka.
In 2018, he moved to K League side Gyeongnam FC. During two seasons in Gyeongnam, he scored 7 goals and 4 assists in 63 K-League games, and joined Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2020. He also played a key role in Jeonbuk. In two and a half seasons, he won two K League titles and one FA Cup title.
However, in early July 2022, he was caught driving drunk and left the K-League in disgrace. After leaving Jeonbuk, he said, “I am really sorry that I left the team in the middle of the season due to my mistake, despite having received enthusiastic support from Jeonbuk for two and a half years. I want to personally say goodbye and thank you to everyone.”안전놀이터
Kunimoto immediately joined Casafia AC of the Portuguese Primeira Liga (1st division). He has been active for a year on the European stage, which he has entered for the first time in his life, and will continue his career at Dalal Takjim in Johor, Malaysia from this summer.