Japanese squad would be full strength

March 18, 2003
TOKYO -- Japanese soccer officials are considering cancellation of two exhibition matches next week in the United States if a U.S.-led goes to war against Iraq.

"We need to monitor the situation very closely,'' Japan Football Association chairman Saburo Kawabuchi said Wednesday. "There is still time before we depart.''

Kawabuchi said a final decision will be made at a JFA council meeting on Friday.

The Japanese are set to leave Sunday to play Uruguay in San Diego ...

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