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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Okada names first Japan squad since return
TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Japan coach Takeshi Okada on Wednesday named a squad made up entirely of home-based players for his first games since taking charge for a second time.
World Cup veterans Naohiro Takahara, Yuji Nakazawa and
goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi were among 25 players called up
for home friendlies against Chile and Bosnia.
Notable absentees were Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura and
fellow midfielder Koki Mizuno, who could soon be joining
Nakamura at the Scottish champions.
Okada, who led Japan to the 1998 World Cup finals in
France, took the job after Bosnian Ivica Osim suffered a stroke
and fell into a coma.
Osim has since recovered and is likely to make an emotional
appearance at Japan's game against his native country in Tokyo
on Jan. 30.
Japan face Chile in their opening Kirin Challenge Cup match
on Saturday. The three-times Asian champions play Thailand at
home on Feb. 6 in their first qualifier for the 2010 World Cup.
Goalkeepers - Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Iwata), Seigo Narazaki
(Nagoya), Eiji Kawashima (Kawasaki)
Defenders - Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F-Marinos), Keisuke
Tsuboi (Urawa), Akira Kaji (Gamba Osaka), Yuichi Komano
(Iwata), Daiki Iwamasa (Kashima), Hiroki Mizumoto (Gamba
Osaka), Atsuto Uchida (Kashima)
Midfielders - Hideo Hashimoto (Gamba Osaka), Yasuhito Endo
(Gamba Osaka), Naotake Hanyu (FC Tokyo), Yasuyuki Konno (FC
Tokyo), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki), Satoru Yamagishi (Kawasaki),
Keita Suzuki (Urawa), Yuki Abe (Urawa), Koji Yamase (Yokohama
Forwards - Naohiro Takahara (Urawa), Ryuji Bando (Gamba
Osaka), Seiichiro Maki (Chiba), Ryoichi Maeda (Iwata), Yoshito
Okubo (Kobe), Kisho Yano (Niigata)