The Japanese Football Federation have announced the Nadeshiko squad that will compete at the AFC Asian Women’s Games 2014
Norio Sasaki’s squad includes debutants from current Nadeshiko League leaders Urawa Reds; Shiho Kohata, Ruka Norimatsu, Hikaru Naomoto and Chinatsu Kira.
It is reported that six players playing overseas are unable to take part, these are presumed to be Kinga, Kumagai, Ando, Ohno, Iwabuchi and Asuna Tanaka.
Nahomi Kawasumi will join the squad on 6 May, Nanase Kiryu will join the group from Sky Blue / USA on 9 May, whilst Yuki Ogimi is believed to only be available for the group games.
Japan are in Group A alongside Vietnam, Australia and Jordan. Nadeshiko’s opening match is against the Australia Westfield Matildas, view the full AFC Asian Women’s Cup 2014 fixtures.
The AFC Asian Women’s Cup serves as qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.
Japan Nadeshiko squad for AFC Asian Women’s Cup 2014
Miho Fukumoto (Okayama Yunogo Belle)
Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Erina Yamane (JEF United Ichihara Chiba)
Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata)
Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV Beleza)
Saori Ariyoshi (NTV Beleza)
Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier HSC / France)
Kana Osafune (Vegalta Sendai)
Shiho Kouhata (Urawa Reds)
Ruka Norimatsu (Urawa Reds)
Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle)
Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign FC / USA)
Mizuho Sakaguchi (NTV Beleza)
Yuri Kawamura (Vegalta Sendai)
Nanase Kiryu (Sky Blue FC / USA)
Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Reds)
Karina Maruyama (Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki)
Yuki Ogimi (Chelsea Ladies FC / England)
Yuika Sugasawa (JEF United Ichihara Chiba)
Megumi Takase (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Chinatsu Kira (Urawa Reds)
Additional information (via Ken Suzuki):
The team will play a friendly match against the New Zealand national team on May 8 in Osaka, then fly to Vietnam. The AFC tournament will start on May 14 and Japan will play Australia in its opening match.
The announced squad includes 4 players selected for the first time to international A team. Norimatsu, Kohata, Naomoto, Kira. All from Urawa Reds Ladies.
JFA also announced since FIFA does not recognize the AFC as international “A” matches the clubs are not obliged to supply their players. The teams of Nadeshiko League all supply their players. (In fact, the league is suspended from May 5 to 30.) Among the European and American clubs, Montpellier (Utsugi), Sky Blue (Kiryu), Seattle (Kawasumi) and Chelsea (Ogimi) agreed to supply while Frankfurt (Ando, Tanaka), Arsenal (Ohno, Kinga) and Lyon (Kumagai) did not.
(Thank you Dernhelm)
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