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Okada admits he may quit Japan

June 29, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Japan coach Takeshi Okada has conceded that he may quit after his team's exit from the tournament at the hands of Paraguay, 5-3 on penalties.

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Okada's side had hopes of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time but, after a very defensive display at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, they succumbed to the Paraguayans after a dire goalless draw.

"I don't think I have anything left to do now," Okada told a news conference. "It's my responsibility, we did not insist enough. I cannot elaborate any further. When I look back at what I could have done for the players and what I did as a head coach I should have been more insistent on winning."

When accused of playing excessively defensive tactics and like-for-like substitutions, Okada replied: "All substitutions and changes I made were to try to push. It's difficult to narrow down why we couldn't score. We are not a team that can score lots of goals."