Asako Takakura-Takemoto could become first female head coach of Japan.

Following Norio Sasaki’s recent departure from Nadeshiko Japan it is reported that Asako Takakura-Takemoto is the front-runner to take the position.

Sasaki stepped down as Japan head coach after their disappointing performance at the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in which they failed to qualify for the women’s football competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Takakura was the coach of the Japan U17 team who won in 2014. She now manages both Japan U20 and U23 teams! Her U23 team has just won all three matches in La Manga (against Norway, Sweden and Germany.) And her U20 team will compete in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

In November 2015, Asako Takakura-Takemoto was named AFC Women’s Coach of the Year for the fourth time in succession after guiding Japan to victory at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2015 in which the Young Nadeshiko beat Korea DPR in the Final on penalties.

It appears that JFA want her to take over Sasaki’s team immediately but Takakura is reported to say she likes to focus on the U20 until the tournament in November finishes.

As for Sasaki, the men’s team called Omiya Ardija offers the position of general manager. So, after coaching women for a decade, he returns to the men’s side.

Thanks to @kensuzuki

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