Another exciting month in the MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE is in the books and that means it’s time to hand out some hardware.
In J1, the top honors go to Kawasaki Frontale’s Leandro Damião, who has been named Konami Monthly MVP for the month of April. The Brazilian scored three goals in April to move joint top of the J1 scoring chart, with his double against Nagoya Grampus in a battle of the league’s top two teams the crowning achievement. With Damião in the form he’s in, it’s no wonder Frontale are sitting atop J1.
Konami Monthly MVP honors in J2 go to Kyoto Sanga’s Peter Utaka, whose five-goal month was highlighted by a hat trick against Giravanz Kitakyushu. The Nigerian’s hot scoring has led Kyoto Sanga up the table and they now find themselves in third place as they chase promotion.
In J3, it was Tegevajaro Miyazaki’s Kaito Umeda who was crowned Konami Monthly MVP. The forward notched two goals and an assist in the month, as his team jumped to fourth place.
The MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE also handed out Goal of the Month honors, with Hiroyuki Mae winning it for J1. The Avispa Fukuoka man’s brilliant match-winning volley from 20 yards out in Matchweek 11 was the standout goal from the division and a worthy winner.
In J2, Ken Yamura took home top goal honors with his sensational bicycle kick in Matchweek 9. The Albirex Niigata man turned home a cross with a magnificent overhead kick that left everyone in awe.
As for Manager of the Month, the top man in J1 was none other than Toru Oniki. The Kawasaki Frontale boss has led his side to the top of the table, and while many other managers did an excellent job in April, the way Frontale dispatched second place Nagoya Grampus to take a stranglehold of the top division certainly stood out.
J2 Manager of the Month honors went to Kyoto Sanga’s Cho Kwi-Jae. Kyoto Sanga won all five of their matches in April, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 13-2 as Cho’s team put together a sensational month to get right in the thick of the promotion race.