The U-24 Japan National Team, who started their training camp to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics on Monday 31 May, faced the U-24 Ghana National Team in an international friendly match at Best Denki Stadium (Fukuoka) on Saturday 5 June.
In this match, coach YOKOUCHI Akinobu elected to start the three over-age (OA) players, YOSHIDA Maya (U.C. Sampdoria), SAKAI Hiroki (Olympique de Marseille), and ENDO Wataru (VfB Stuttgart) for the first time.
Two days following their match against the SAMURAI BLUE, coach Yokouchi named TANI Kosei (Shonan Bellmare) as the GK with Yoshida, Sakai, TOMIYASU Takehiro (Bologna FC 1909), and NAKAYAMA Yuta (PEC Zwolle) forming the four-back defence line. While Endo and TANAKA Ao (Kawasaki Frontale) were positioned as the defensive midfielders, DOAN Ritsu (DSC Arminia Bielefeld), KUBO Takefusa (Getafe CF), and SOMA Yuki (Nagoya Grampus) were placed as the attacking midfielders with UEDA Ayase (Kashima Antlers) as the lone striker. .....
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