January 17 – The AFC from its earthquake relief fund has made a $300,000 donation to the Japan Football Association (JFA). The money will be used to build new facilities for the Kumamoto Renaissance Football Club.
Kumamoto Renaissance play in the first division of the Regional Women’s League in Japan, but lost their home ground in the series of earthquakes in the Kyushu Region in Southern Japan in April 2016 that killed 50 people, left about 3,000 injured and saw more than 44,000 evacuated from their homes.
It was only possible to begin reconstruction in the area at the end of last year flowing the instability following the disaster. The new ground will be in Kosa Town in the Kamimashiki District in Kumamoto and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The AFC’s funding will see a natural grass pitch installed while Kosa Town is providing an adjoining artificial grass facility. The local authority is also supplying floodlights, car parking and other facilities.
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