Veteran striker Bazhe Ilijoski has officially completed his transfer to Japanese second division side FC Gifu.
FC Gifu currently finds itself in a lot of trouble as they sit in last place after 25 rounds of the 2013 season in the Japanese second division. Thus, Gifu decided to strengthen its team with the addition of striker Bazhe Ilijoski. Gifu has 17 rounds remaining in the 22 team league to turn things around in hopes of avoiding relegation. Bazhe comes to the club from Rabotnichki in the Macedonian league.
Playing in Asia is nothing new for the 29-year-old Ilijoski who has played for two South Korean clubs, Incheon United and Gangwon, earlier in his career. Besides those two outfits, Ilijoski has also played in his native Macedonia for Rabotnichki and Metalurg as well as in Romania with Braşov and Rapid București before his latest adventure in Japan with FC Gifu.
Bazhe will wear #34 for Gifu and is expected to make his debut later today when his new club takes on Fagiano Okayama. Speaking to the club’s official website, Ilijoski said, “I am delighted to join this club. We find ourselves in a difficult situation on the standings, but I will do my best to save the club.”
Ilijoski is a former Macedonian international who tallied one goal in six caps for the senior national team. His lone goal came in a friendly against Liechtenstein way back in 2005.