Leicester City manager Claude Puel has opened the possibility of extending the stay of Japan international Shinji Okazaki. However, the Foxes boss has insisted that it is not a priority right now, and wants the 31-year-old to continue performing for the east Midlands outfit.
Okazaki was one of the many standout players for Leicester during the 2015/16 season, where they went against the odds to claim their maiden Premier League title. Unlike, other players from title-winning squad, he has failed to earn an improved contract with the club, though Puel is open to keeping hold of his marksman.
The powers-that-be in Japanese Olympic football have appointed Hajime Moriyasu as their new coach for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and they have promised the fans that the squad will give their all in their quest for what would be their first medal in the sport since 1968.
Moriyasu is a former midfielder for the national team who won three J League titles in charge of Sanfreece Hiroshima in 2012, 2013 and 2015 but left the job in the summer of this year with the side at the wrong end of the table and in big danger of relegation.
Japan have rejected suggestions that the future of coach Vahid Halilhodzic has been discussed.
It has been speculated that Vahid Halilhodzic could be losing his job if Japan suffer a loss against Australia when they come up against the oceanic team on August 31st
. The match will be at theSaitam stadium and it will be the penultimate qualifier for the two teams. If Japan manage to win the game, the team will be able to appear in the World Cup finals for a sixth consecutive time. However, if Japan sustain a defeat in this game, then it would mean a qualifier in order to reach the World Cup 2018 finals. There is a possibility that Japan could suffer a loss against Saudi Arabia in this qualifier.
As a result, there is plenty of speculation thatHalilhodzic may leave his role if Japan are not successful in the game.Halilhodzic was able to get Algeria into the knockout stages of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. As a result, he was appointed as the coach of Japan in order to get the national team back to the glory days. However, Japan football Association director has claimed that there has been no talk aboutHalilhodzic being replaced as the coach, andHalilhodzic will stay on as the manager irrespective of the result against Australia.
Japanese national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic claims that Australia are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams coming into the World Cup qualifiers, but he reckons that the opposition do have some weaknesses that Japan can take advantage of.
The manager recently announced his 27 man squad for the competition which will take place on August 31. This will be followed by a game against Saudi Arabia in just five days. The Bosnian coach recently claimed that midfielder and captainMakoto Hasebe will be available for the game after having been unavailable for the last three matches because of an injury.
If Japan managed to win against Australia in the game at the Saitama Stadium, the team would be able to reach the World Cup finals for a sixth consecutive time.Halilhodzic is under great pressure to seal qualification, as Japan are one of the top teams in this region.
Shinji Kagawa could not feature in Japan’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq due to a dislocated left shoulder as announced by the Japan Football Association.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder injured his left shoulder 10 minutes into the 1-1 draw with Syria at Tokyo Stadium. He was taken out of the field and substituted for ShuKurata.
“Right now I want the injury to heal as fast as it can” He said in a statement released by the Japan Football Association. “I expect the players will fight for victory against Iraq.”
Yasuyuki Konno found the net in the midway through the second half if the Japan vs Syria 1-1 friendly draw in which the former Manchester United midfielder, Kagawa got his left shoulder dislocated.
The Head coach VahidHalilhodzicnoted that the problem was a concern ahead of Japan’s next match.