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Japan coach, Ikeda unveils squad for Super Falcons clash

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Futoshi Ikeda, the head coach of Nadeshiko, has selected a formidable 25-woman roster for his team's friendly matchup against the Super Falcons of Nigeria.



The match is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, at Noevir Stadium in Kobe.

Risa Shimizu and Honoka Hayashi, who play for West Ham United, are among the players Ikeda selected for his squad who are based abroad.

Moeka Minami, a defensive stalwart for Roma of Italy, Fuka Nagano, a player for the Urawa Reds Ladies, and Hana Takahashi were also named to the team.

The Super Falcons defeated Japan 1-0 in the first ever meeting between both teams at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Vera Okolo scored the decisive goal on 55 minutes after she was set up by Perpetua Nkwocha.

Two back-to-back friendlies in 2013 were won 2-0 each by the Nadeshiko.

The Super Falcons have lost their last four games, while Nadeshiko are unbeaten in their last six international matches in all competitions.

Both countries will use the friendly to prepare for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

JAPAN FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Ayaka Yamashita (INAC Kobe)

Momoko Tanaka (Tokyo Beleza)

Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata)

Defenders

Saki Kumagai (Bayern Frauen)

Ruka Norimatsu (Omiya Ardija)

Kiko Seike (Urawa Reds Ladies)

Moeka Minami (AS Roma)

Hana Takahashi (Urawa Reds Ladies)

Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe)

Risa Shimizu (West Ham United)

Asato Miyagawa (NTV Beleza)

Saori Takarada (Linkopings)

Midfielders

Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Reds Ladies)

Honoka Hayashi (West Ham United)

Nanami Kitamura (NTV Beleza)

Jun Endo (Angel City)

Shinomi Koyama (Cerezo Osaka)

Hina Sugita (Portland Thorns)

Fuka Nagano (North Carolina)

Hinata Miyazawa (Sendai Ladies)

Aoba Fujino (NNTV Beleza)

Forwards

Ayaka Inoue (Omiya Ardija)

Riko Ueki (NTV Beleza)

Mina Tanaka (INAC Kobe)

Maika Hamano (INAC Kobe)

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