Thinley Namgay 

Kazuo Homma, the Japanese player, was a newcomer in the 2022 BoB Bhutan Premier League, but he proved his worth for Paro FC.

Paro FC won the 2022 BoB Bhutan Premier League; Kazuo’s contribution to the club has been phenomenal. Even at the age of 42, Kazuo was an active player and he always featured in starting 11.

Kazuo is known for his stamina, tactics and cordial character among his friends.

In what could be a surprise to many, Kazuo was voted the most valuable player and the top scorer of the tournament; he scored 34 goals which is 10 more goals than 2021 top scorer Yeshi Dorji of the same club.

Born in Saitama, Japan, Kazuo Homma played for the Thai-based Samutprakan FC for a season before signing for Paro FC for a season.

He began playing football in Japan when he was six years old.

Kazuo said that receiving awards was a precious moment. “I appreciate my club, president, staff, and teammates.”

“It was a long journey,” he said, adding that it was challenging to defend the title, to adapt to the club’s philosophy, people’s mindset, and lifestyle.

“I am a person who tries to adapt to that culture, people there, food and lifestyle. All clubs have differences. Adaptation is key,” he said.

Paro FC’s next journey is to compete in the AFC Cup group stage in August, but Kazuo won’t play.

Kazuo’s contract with Paro FC ended with the deciding game against Thimphu City FC on January 5.