AFC earthquake relief fund supports women’s football in Japan
Kuala Lumpur: Kumamoto Renaissance Football Club will be playing on a new football field funded by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as a result of the devastating earthquake in Kyushu Region in Southern Japan in April 2016.
Kumamoto Renaissance, playing in the first division of the Regional Women’s League in Japan, lost its home ground due to the earthquake which led the AFC to make a 300,000USD donation to the Japan Football Association (JFA) for assistance. Some 50 people lost their lives in the series of two earthquakes which hit the country, leaving around 3,000 people injured and more than 44,000 evacuated from their homes.
It was possible to start the construction in the badly affected area only towards the end of last year. The construction is likely to be finished by the end of this year.
The new ground will be located in Kosa Town in the Kamimashiki District in Kumamoto. It will consist of a natural grass pitch funded by the AFC which will be complimented by an adjoining artificial grass pitch funded by Kosa Town. The town is also providing the stadium floodlights and other necessary facilities, such as a parking lot.