Pune FC rope in Daisuke Nishiguchi to fill their Asian quota

The Japanese, who last season was playing in Moldova, fills the foreign players slot opened up by Arata gaining an Indian passport
Pune Football Club have confirmed the signing of Japanese Daisuke Nishiguchi as their Asian player for the 2012-13 season.

Daisuke joins Pune FC for a one-season deal from FC Olimpia Balti Moldova, a side that figures in Divizia Nationala, the top division in Moldovan football. The Osaka-born Daisuke was part of the squad that finished fifth in 2011-12.

The 23-year-old will fit the role of both a withdrawn striker and attacking midfielder.

The option of signing an Asian player came after Arata Izumi was granted Indian citizenship recently.

Daisuke’s move comes after playing out full season in Moldova. Apart from the European experience, he boasts of being a graduate of the famed academy of J-League club Cerezo Osaka, which also produced Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa.

Pune FC finalized the Japanese player after closely scrutinising six trialists, which included three Koreans, two Japanese, and one Australian.

Daisuke trialed with the team for almost two weeks in Goa then travelled with the Pune FC squad for the Durand Cup to New Delhi.

Daisuke featured in five of the six friendlies Pune FC played in Goa.  In the final friendly against Churchill Brothers, Daisuke scored in the 2-2 draw.

Pune FC has thus completed their foreigner quota for the season. Central defender Chika Wali [Nigeria], central midfielder Douhou Pierre [Ivory Coast] and striker James Moga [South Sudan] are the others apart from Daisuke.

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