J1 Promotion Play-offs Final vs Fagiano Okayama: Player’s Comments

Yoichiro Kakitani

This was my first chance to play on the pitch for Cerezo in a title-deciding match, although I don't know if we can really call this a title. I can never thank the medical staff who helped me recover from my injury in the last five months enough.

Mentally I also get frustrated when I can't play, but they helped me in that respect too and it is thanks to them that I was able to play in this match. I was saying I wanted to play today even if I had to force myself. In the end I did have to do that a little, and it was their support that enabled me to do so.

Maybe it will seem like an exaggeration to say that I can play football here thanks to Kempes, but I started scoring goals when I started to play with him as striker. I have many good memories with him from that time. I felt he was watching us and we couldn't show him a bad performance.

We won promotion to J1 thanks to our efforts throughout the year, but the overall result is not an entirely satisfying one. There are still things to fix and improve, although for the moment I am looking forward to having some rest.

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