The U-20 Japan Women's National Team, who finished second in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022™, returned from San Jose on 31 August and held a press conference at JFA House on 1 September to report their return. JFA President TASHIMA Kohzo and Chairman SASAKI Norio of the JFA Women's Committee, along with Head Coach IKEDA Futoshi, team captain NAGAE Ibuki, and HAMANO Maika took the stage, where they looked back on the tournament in front of many members of the press.
At the press conference, coach Ikeda commented, “Although we were not able to win the title, we were able to win the hearts of many supporters through our never-give-up attitude, spirit of fair play and respect. I think the players were able to gain a very valuable experience, so I hope the players will make the most of it to become future leaders of the Japan women’s football community.”
Nagae, who served as the team captain for the tournament reflected on their campaign in Costa Rica, “I am very proud to be part of a team that was supported and loved by so many people, and I really enjoyed the whole month.” The defender continued by sharing her aspiration for the future, “While the tournament provided a great opportunity to play against countries from different continents, it also made me realise what I lack as a player. I hope to learn from this experience and try to overcome each of my shortcomings to become a better player.” .....
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