JAPAN AIM HIGH

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:47

Japan is aiming for their first ever final appearance in the Asia Junior Cup.

Despite the fact that they are in a tough pool with Korea and hosts Malaysia does not affect their determination to make it through to the final.

Prior to this, in the previous six editions, the best Japan has achieved is a third spot finish in Singapore (1996).

Despite having assembled the squad for more than a year, they only played 10 matches, three against their national team while another seven were against Malaysia last February.

“Our target here is to make the final. And we are optimistic that we are able to achieve it looking at the team we have,” said stand in manager Satoshi Makimoto.

“What we lack in terms of match exposure we intend to make up with determination.”

Japan will depend on Kohei Ota, Hirotaka Zandana and Yohel Mori to hit the target from penalty corners.

They take on South Korea in their opening match on Thursday and are aiming to take all three points.

“It will not be easy against Korea and we are aware of it.  The plan is to restrict the Koreans and hit them on the break,” added Satoshi.

“It is vital that we put away whatever chances we create.”

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