Reports that Norio Sasaki will step down as manager of Japan after failing to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics.

It is reported that FIFA Women’s World Cup winning manager, Norio Sasaki is stepping down from his role as manager of the Japan national team following the Nadeshiko’s disappointing performance during the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Results from today’s Matchday 4 action (below) confirmed that Australia and China PR have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics (securing the only two available AFC berths) ahead of Korea DPR, Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam.

AFC Olympic qualifiers - matchday 4

Japan’s 6-1 win over Vietnam today was too little too late as leading into this fixture, Japan had only earned 1 point (from a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic). Australia defeated the London 2012 silver medalists 3-1 in their opening game and on matchday three, China PR won 2-1.

The AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament concludes on 9 March 2016 with Korea Republic v Vietnam, Australia v China PR and Japan v Korea DPR.

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