The third fixtures of the AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ Qualifiers took place on Wednesday 14 September. In Group C, the U-19 Japan National Team faced the U-19 Guam National Team at the New Laos National Stadium.
With the team playing their second match in three days, coach TOGASHI Koichi rotated his entire squad, sticking to his words before the tournament “We really need to compete as a team.”
“Age does not matter. I want him to showcase his leadership on the pitch,” said the coach, regarding his decision to name HARUNA Ryusei (Cerezo Osaka U-18) as their starting goalkeeper and game captain. YASHIKI Yusei (Oita Trinita), TAKAI Kota (Kawasaki Frontale U-18), KUDO Kota (Urawa Red Diamonds), and KUWAHARA Rikuto (Gamba Osaka Youth) formed the defence line, with YASUDA Kenshin (Oita Trinita U-18), FUKUI Taichi (Sagan Tosu), and KUMATORIYA Issei (Meiji University) placed in the midfield. NAKAMURA Jiro (Gamba Osaka) and NARAHARA Yoshiki (Sagan Tosu U-18) were positioned in the flanks with CHIBA Kanta (FC Imabari) playing as the lone striker. .....
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