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Eastern promise fuelling Nyíregyháza rise

Published: Tuesday 11 August 2009, 17.55CET
Japanese striker Kazou Homma is hoping he can fire Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC to glory after starring in a 3-1 defeat of Ferencvárosi TC which briefly took the eastern club to the 1. Liga summit last weekend.
by Márton Dinnyés
Eastern promise fuelling Nyíregyháza rise
Nyíregyháza are fourth in the table after three matches ©AFP
Published: Tuesday 11 August 2009, 17.55CET

Eastern promise fuelling Nyíregyháza rise

Japanese striker Kazou Homma is hoping he can fire Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC to glory after starring in a 3-1 defeat of Ferencvárosi TC which briefly took the eastern club to the 1. Liga summit last weekend.

Japanese striker Kazou Homma is hoping he can fire Nyíregyháza Spartacus FC to glory after scoring twice in a 3-1 defeat of Ferencvárosi TC which briefly took the eastern club to the 1. Liga summit.

Trailblazer
The 29-year-old, the first player from the Asian nation to appear in the Hungarian top flight, took his tally to a league-leading four goals with a strike either side of the break. That ensured Nyíregyháza − albeit for only 24 hours − pride of place at the top of the table until the rest of the weekend's fixtures concluded, a welcome relief from last term when, as a newly promoted club, they finished one place above the relegation zone.

High hopes
"We have a good team here at Nyíregyháza with a good coach, Lázár Szentes," said Homma, who also scored twice during the 5-1 victory against Vasas SC on the opening day of the season. "Like everyone, we would like to finish the season as high as we possibly can. I hope I can help my team with further performances like the one against Ferencváros."

Promotion
The result continued Nyíregyháza's hex over Hungary's most successful club, who returned to the top flight this summer after three years in the second division. The green and whites would have bounced back at the first attempt in 2006/07 were it not for their inability to beat Nyíregyháza in either of their two league games, a course of events which resulted in their opponents, and not Ferencváros, winning promotion.

Awareness
"When I arrived in Hungary, I knew about Ferencváros so I always wanted to play against them," continued Homma, who joined the blue and reds in the summer from Diósgyőri VTK. "It was my first game against them and I am really happy to have scored."

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