Japan Coach Ikeda Unveils Squad For Super Falcons Friendly
Japan head coach Futoshi Ikeda has unveiled his squad for the international friendly against the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
Ikeda named 25 players for the game billed for Noevir Stadium, Kobe on Thursday, October 6.
A number of foreign-based players were included in the squad including West Ham United duo, Risa Shimizu, Honoka Hayashi, AS Roma of Italy defensive stalwart Moeka Minami, North Carolina’s Fuka Nagano and Hana Takahashi, who plays for Urawa Reds Ladies .
The encounter will be the first meetings between both countries.
The Super Falcons defeated Japan 1-0 in the first ever meeting between both teams at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Two back-to-back friendlies in 2013 were won 2-0 each by the Nadeshiko.
The Super Falcons have lost their last four games, while Nadeshiko are unbeaten in their last six international matches in all competitions.
JAPAN FULL SQUAD
Ayaka Yamashita (INAC Kobe)
Momoko Tanaka (Tokyo Beleza)
Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata)
Saki Kumagai (Bayern Frauen)
Ruka Norimatsu (Omiya Ardija)
Kiko Seike (Urawa Reds Ladies)
Moeka Minami (AS Roma)
Hana Takahashi (Urawa Reds Ladies)
Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe)
Risa Shimizu (West Ham United)
Asato Miyagawa (NTV Beleza)
Saori Takarada (Linkopings)
Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Reds Ladies)
Honoka Hayashi (West Ham United)
Nanami Kitamura (NTV Beleza)
Jun Endo (Angel City)
Shinomi Koyama (Cerezo Osaka)
Hina Sugita (Portland Thorns)
Fuka Nagano (North Carolina
Hinata Miyazawa (Sendai Ladies)
Aoba Fujino (NTV Beleza)
Ayaka Inoue (Omiya Ardija)
Riko Ueki (NTV Beleza)
Mina Tanaka (INAC Kobe)
Maika Hamano (INAC Kobe)
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