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10MA TOPICS! [JAPAN FA] “SPORT FOR TOMORROW” Central Asia - Japan U-16 Football Exchange Programme has kicked off



March 8, 2016


Central Asia - Japan U-16 Football Exchange Programme is kicking off in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 29 February to 5 March. This is a part of the international contribution programmes called “SPORT FOR TOMORROW”, and the Japanese government is leading it. This programme is held for the second time following the first one in March last year in Osaka.

This competition will start with the declaration of the opening made by Askar I. Talipd Janov, Vice President of Uzbekistan Football Federation, and international friendship will take place from 1 - 4 of March.

3 of the 4 countries taking part in this competition, Japan, Uzbekistan, and Iran, have already qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016 in September. Each match is expected to be heated-up as a practice competition for this championship. Detailed match information of the U-16 Japan National Team are available on U-16 Japan National team page. Please check it out.........


First match against U-16 Iran

U-16 Japan National Team 0-0 (0-0, 0-0) U-16 Iran National Team
Match Report
“00JAPAN” kicked off the first match of the Central Asia - Japan U-16 Football Exchange Programme against U-16 Iran National Team and the match ended 0-0.
From the beginning, both teams –rivals in Asia- had intensive competition. Both teams didn’t give in an inch such as in 1-on-1 intensive situations, hence they couldn’t make any decisive chances at all. In the 20th minute, Iran broke through from side wing and raised a cross to make a final touch with a header, but it didn’t find the net. The difficult and intensive mood became calmer and Japan began to gradually have chances.....


Second match against U-16 Turkmenistan

U-16 Japan National Team 1-0 (1-0, 0-0) U-16 Turkmenistan National Team
Match Report
“00JAPAN” defeated the U-16 Turkmenistan National Team post their first win in the Central Asia - Japan U-16 Football Exchange Programme with a 1-0 win over the U-16 Turkmenistan National Team in their second match of the tourney.
Japan, who ended in a draw in their previous match and needed a win this day, came in an aggressive mode from early as midfielder HIRAKAWA Rei provided passes so many times to create a rhythm. In the 7th minute, forward YAMADA Hiroto found a space behind the opponents' defensive line and fired a shot, but it went outside the goalmouth.....