Yokohama FC’s promotion to the Meiji Yasuda J1 League has not gone as planned. They have just one point from five matches, leaving them bottom of the table and in need of a spark to pick up their first win of the campaign.
The Fulie’s struggles have had nothing to do with Koki Ogawa, though. The striker has scored four goals already to lead the league, showing no issues carrying his form from J2 in 2022 to the top flight this season.
Ogawa has proven dangerous in just about every way possible, scoring from set plays, crosses, slipping in behind the defense or making his mark in possession. There’s no time that opposing defenders are not under threat when Ogawa is on the pitch.
The problem for Yokohama FC has been finding a way to lend Ogawa some help. He’s scored all but one of the Fulie’s goals this season, with the lone outlier being an own goal. Meanwhile, their 13 goals conceded is comfortably the worst mark in the league.
Yokohama FC host Avispa Fukuoka this weekend with the hope that they can add some quality from the other 10 players to supplement the contributions of the fabulous Ogawa. If so, they just may notch their first win of the season and begin their climb up the table.