Nadeshiko Japan announces squad for International Friendly Match vs Canada Women's National Team
21 September 2019
On Friday 20 September, coach TAKAKURA Asako of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) held a press conference at JFA House in Tokyo to announce the team roster for the international friendly match against the Canada Women's National Team, which will take place on Sunday 6 October at IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka.
The 24-player roster includes those who participated at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, such as KUMAGAI Saki (Olympique Lyonnais/France), NAKAJIMA Emi (INAC Kobe Leonessa), HASEGAWA Yui (Nippon TV Beleza), and SUGASAWA Yuika (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies). Among those who didn’t participate the World Cup, DOKO Mayo (Nippon TV Beleza), MATSUBARA Arisa (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara), MIYAZAWA Hinata (Nippon TV Beleza), and TANAKA Mina (Nippon TV Beleza) returned to the roster, while TAKAHASHI Hana (Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies) was called-up to the Nadeshiko Japan for the first time.
Ahead of their first match following the Women’s World Cup, coach Takakura shared her aspiration, “we want to confirm that we were heading towards the right direction. We will prepare ourselves so that we can enter this match against Canada with confidence.”
Regarding her selection of Takahashi, who helped the U-20 Japan Women’s National Team win the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, the coach described the talents of the newcomer, “she has great speed, height, and tremendous potential as a player.” When asked about Tanaka’s return to the squad, coach Takakura shared her take on the leading goal scorer of the Plenus Nadeshiko League, “watching her performance at the Nadeshiko League, I can tell that she has become more versatile as a player.”
With the 2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo) scheduled in a year, coach Takakura described the match against Canada as an important test match, “in order to win the gold medal at the Olympics, I must assess the players based on world standards and seek for player who can compete at the world stage.”
The Nadeshiko Japan will start their trainings on Monday 30 September at Shimizu National Training Center J-STEP, before playing the Canada Women's National Team on Sunday 6 October at IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka.
Comment of Coach TAKAKURA Asako
It’s been three months since the World Cup. Both the players and I have suffered a bitter experience at the World Cup, and I am sure that the players have been feeling hazy ever since. Meanwhile, we are given the opportunity to restart the team towards the Tokyo Olympics with a match against a strong team like Canada, and I feel very fortunate for this opportunity. We saw plenty of room for improvements at the World Cup, while we also took back many positives from the tournament, as we showcased a very close battle in our final match (against the Netherlands). The players were able to experience the world level in first-hand, and they are now aware that a small mistake can cost them the match. We hope to work on each and every detail to improve ourselves. Canada has the experience of finishing fourth place at the Olympics and they have become a force to be reckon with in the recent years. It will certainly be a tough match, but we are up for the challenge.
|Mon. 30 September||15:30||Training|
|Tue. 1 October||9:45/15:30||Training|
|Wed. 2 October||9:45/15:30||Training|
|Thu. 3 October||9:45/15:30||Training|
|Fri. 4 October||9:45/15:30||Training|
|Sat. 5 October||AM||Official Training/Press-conference|
|Sun. 6 October||14:30||International Friendly Match
vs Canada Women's National Team
(IAI Stadium Nihondaira)
|Mon. 7 October||PM||Training Match|
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.
International Friendly Match
Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) vs Canada Women's National Team
Match Date: Sun. 6 October 2019 14:30
Match Venue: IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka
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