On Thursday 1 April, coach TAKAKURA Asako of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) held an online press conference to announce the team squad for their match against Paraguay Women’s National Team at Yurtec Stadium Sendai (Miyagi) on Thursday 8th and Panama Women’s National Team at Japan National Stadium (Tokyo) on Sunday 11th.
Last season’s Nadeshiko League MVP and top scorer SUGASAWA Yuika (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies) was named in the squad, along with familiar faces, such as SAMESHIMA Aya (Omiya Ardija VENTUS) and SHIMIZU Risa (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza).
18 year-old KINOSHITA Momoka (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza), who was called-up for the team’s recent training camp at Kagoshima, was also included into the squad, as well as HAMADA Haruka (Mynavi Sendai Ladies), who was only second to Sugasawa in the Nadeshiko League scorer ranking. When asked about these two players, coach Takakura mentioned, “They share great technique and speed, which will allow them to contribute for the team in both offence and defence. However, we will have to assess their compatibility with the team within the limited time frame, but they are still young, so I want them to give their best efforts in these matches.” .....
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