Friday, 2nd July 2010
Japanese squad on the search for new coach
The Japanese national football team is soon to get a new coach after Takeshi Okada announced he is to step down following the squad's exit from the World Cup.
Despite the Japanese team being knocked out, the performance in this year's event was the best ever given by the squad in a tournament away from home. However, problems with performance in the run up to the World Cup kick off put the team and Okada under pressure and left many wondering how the squad would cope against high class national teams.
Japan was knocked out in a game against Paraguay which ended goalless but went to a penalty shoot out.
The Japan Football Association is now on the look out for a new coach and technical director Hiromi Hara said that the body hopes to have someone in the role before the end of this month.
The team recently returned home to Japan to a warm reception from some 40,000 football fans.
Written by Kimberley Homer.