Photo: Bachdim's presentation with Ventforet Kofu in January 2014
Japan’s second division side Consadole Sapporo announced on Friday the acquisition of Indonesian striker Irfan Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu.
The signing, who has played 26 games and scored seven goals for his country and spent several years in FC Utrecht’s youth system, adds further attacking potency to the Hokkaido-based club as they to push for a top flight return.
Bachdim, 26, made waves in January after signing with Ventforet, but his struggles with injury and the faster pace of the J-League, compared to the South East Asian leagues to which he had grown accustomed, prevented him from becoming Indonesia’s first player to appear in J1.
The striker made two competitive appearances for the Yamanashi outfit, participating in both the Nabisco Cup and the Emperor’s Cup. Despite featuring for Indonesia’s national team in the fall, injury forced Bachdim out of the squad for last month’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
He will likely find a friend in fellow Indonesian Stefano Lilipaly in Japan’s most northern professional club, who finished the 2014 J2 season in 10th place and have not been shy in their off-season acquisitions. In addition to Bachdim, Consadole earlier this week announced the signing of former Japan international Junichi Inamoto, who will reunite with his 2002 World Cup teammate Shinji Ono.