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Dev Bachani to play soccer for Park University

DEV Bachani, 16, will play soccer for Park University in Gilbert, Arizona.

“I chose Park…because I like their soccer program and the team is very friendly,” said Bachani who will be a midfielder/defender for the Park University Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers, who have also signed up another NMI U18 national player, Kohtarno Goto, play in the California Pacific Conference which is under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Their head coach is Jonas Tanzer who has a Master in Football UEFA A Advanced License Diploma from the Swedish Football Association/UEFA Europe as well as a Goalkeeper Advanced License UEFA A, B and MV BAS II and I.

As a Buccaneer, Bachani expects to grow more as a player. “I am looking forward to playing soccer and developing my knowledge and skills.”

Bachani not only excels in soccer, but in athletics as well. He has topped several PSS-NMA All School Cross Country High School Division events along with other local races.

In addition, Bachani, who is graduating from Marianas High School in 2022, has played internationally in several Asian Football Confederation-hosted tournaments as well as friendly matches in the Philippines and Guam.

Bachani said the “transition from playing in high school to college is going to be hard, but I’m happy that one of my teammates [on Saipan, Kohtarno Goto] is doing it with me and I feel like we are going to learn a lot from this experience. I think we are both prepared for it.”

Published by Marianas Variety - Dec 27, 2021


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