Kazuki Ganaha

Kazuki Ganaha
Personal information
Full name Kazuki Ganaha
Date of birth (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980
Place of birth Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Kamatamare Sanuki
Number 9
Youth career
1996–1998 Ginowan High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2008 Kawasaki Frontale 246 (69)
2009–2010 Vissel Kobe 19 (0)
2011–2013 FC Ryūkyū 88 (31)
2014– Kamatamare Sanuki 57 (8)
National team
2006 Japan 6 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 28, 2013

Kazuki Ganaha (我那覇 和樹 Ganaha Kazuki; born September 26, 1980 in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player who currently plays for Kamatamare Sanuki.[1][2][3] He is a right-footed forward.

Playing career

After graduating Ginowan High School in 1999, he joined J. League Division 2 side Kawasaki Frontale. He made his professional debut on May 2, 1999 against Vegalta Sendai. His first professional goal came on May 13, 2000 against Nagoya Grampus Eight. He transferred the register to Vissel Kobe in 2009.

He made his senior national team debut on August 9, 2006, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, the first match under the reign of new national coach Ivica Osim. He is the first Okinawa-born footballer to play for the Japanese National Team. His first international goal was an injury time winner in an Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen, held on September 6, 2006 in San‘a’, Yemen.[4] He also scored 2 goals in another qualifier against Saudi Arabia.[5]

During the 2007 season he was suspended for six games due to alleged infringement of the anti-doping code by intravenous therapy with saline solution and vitamin B1, due to dehydration and inability to take fluids orally. Ganaha appealed the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in December 2007, and on May 26, 2008, CAS issued a ruling supporting him and to have the six game suspension reversed.[6]

Career statistics

Updated to 23 February 2016.[7]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Total
1999Kawasaki FrontaleJ2 League303200-62
2000J1 League1821072-264
2001J2 League3125131-394
2005J1 League2663220-318
2009Vissel Kobe1101031-151
2011F.C. RyūkyūJFL27610--286
2014Kamatamare SanukiJ2 League26310--273
Career total 410108351530950480132
Japan national team

National team career statistics

Appearances in major competitions

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
20062007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior133Qualified

Goals for senior national team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2006-09-06 Althawra Sports City Stadium, Sana'a, Yemen  Yemen 1-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 2006-11-15 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3. 2006-11-15 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification


  1. "Stats Centre: Kazuki Ganaha Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  2. (Japanese) 我那覇 和樹
  3. "我那覇 和樹:カマタマーレ讃岐:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  4. The AFC Asian Cup 2007 Official Website
  5. The AFC Asian Cup 2007 Official Website
  6. "Arbitration CAS 2008/A/1452 Kazuki Ganaha v/Japan Professional Football League, award of 26 May 2008" (PDF). Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  7. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 219 out of 289)
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