Irfan Bachdim makes J-League debut in Consadole win

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Indonesian midfielder made his first J2 appearance on Sunday in ’s 3-0 win over leaders Jubilo Iwata.

The eight-minute stint at the Sapporo Dome marked the 26-year-old’s debut after appearing last season in the Emperor’s Cup and Cup for Ventforet Kofu.

After replacing Brazilian teammate Nildo on the right wing, Irfan drew cheers from the crowd when he streaked up the sideline and sent a well-placed cross in his first play.

“It’s great to have earned my first J-League appearance” the player said after the match. “I’m happy that I was able to play in front of our wonderful supporters. It’s a small first step but terrific motivation.

“I want to work harder for my fans in and Hokkaido, and help give ’s young players an opportunity to play in the J-League one day.”

Irfan echoed the comments in tweets to his nearly 4.5 million followers, promising fans that he would “work even harder.”

 

A small step but a huge motivation!! #ConsadoleSapporo #J2 #Debut #HungryForMore #NeverGiveUp

A photo posted by Irfan Haarys Bachdim (@ibachdim) on

 

Consadole, who won via Ken Tokura’s brace and an additional goal by Yoshihiro Uchimura, rose to sixth place in ’s second flight, while Jubilo fell to third.

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