On Sunday 10 November, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) played in the MS&AD Cup 2019 against the South Africa Women’s National Team at Kitakyushu Stadium. Ahead of this match, a ceremony was held to commemorate the 100th cap of the South African midfielder Leandra SMEDA.
In a match where the team’s new jersey was introduced, the Nadeshiko Japan elected to take out MIYAGAWA Asato from her normal left fullback position and played her as their defensive midfielder, while placing ENDO Jun, who normally plays in an offensive position, as their left fullback. It was KUMAGAI Saki and DOKO Mayo who controlled the defence line at the centre.
While showing off their newly designed jerseys, the Nadeshiko Japan created numbers of opportunities from their side attacks, while South Africa collected the ball to their lone striker, Chretsinah Thembi KGATLANA, to seek for their chance to counter......
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