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Japan U23 will kick off their Olympics campaign on Thursday, when they face off South Africa U23 in the share of Group A.
The young Japanese team will arrive at the Olympics at home with high expectations and will look forward to starting with a convincing victory over their African counterparts.
As the host nation of the Summer Olympics, Japan did not have to go through qualification to reach this stage, but it still ranks as one of the most imagined nations.
They are heading into the tournament in good shape, having won two and drawn one of their last three games.
That started with a convincing 4-0 win over a senior Jamaican team in a hybrid friendly, with the young team showing their class in a dominant victory.
Hajime moriyasuThe team then built confidence in early July with a 3-1 win over a Honduras U-23 team that they could face in the knockout stage of the Olympic Games tournament.
More recently, the Japanese Olympic squad faced Spain, favorites before the tournament, in a friendly in preparation for the Olympic Games, and ended with a creditable 1-1 draw, as Carlos Soler tied late for their opponents after Ritsu doan had put Japan under-23 ahead at the edge of the break.
Now they will look to start the Olympics campaign in a positive way on their own turf, while taking on the young side of South Africa.
South Africa qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games men’s soccer tournament through the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in 2019.
Amaglug-glug recorded a victory over Ivory Coast in the group stage along with draws with Zambia and Nigeria to finish second and reserve their place in the last four as a result.
Ultimately, they would come up short in the semi-final as Abdel Rahman Magdy corset and a Ramadan Sobhi The goal sent the Egyptians under-23s to a 3-0 victory on their way to lifting the trophy.
South Africa would win the tiebreaker for third place on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw with Ghana, as Lyle foster point and a missed opportunity to Emmanuel cudjoe made a difference in sudden death.
Regardless of their defeat in the semi-finals, the advancement to the group stage earned South Africa one of only four spots available on the continent for the upcoming Olympic Games tournament, and they hope to defy the odds and score a positive result against one. of the strongest sides in the first game.
His only match of the calendar year so far saw David NotoaneThe team falls back in a 3-0 loss to Egypt Under-23s, this time in friendly action, and they hope to put that behind them as they head to this summer’s tournament.
The wide range of talents on the Japan Under-23 team includes the Manchester City defender Ko Itakura, who recently spent a two-year loan deal in the Eredivisie with Groningen, and the talented Bologna center-back Takehiro tomiyasu, who has already appeared 23 times with the Japanese senior team.
Their defensive ranks have been reinforced by the selection of experienced center-backs. Maya Yoshida as one of only three allowed players of legal age, with the former Southampton man having made 107 appearances for the senior team.
Later on, people like Ritsu Doan and Koji miyoshi offer midfield options, while the 20-year-old Real Madrid prospect Takefusa kubo it is expected to shine.
Together with Yoshida, VFB Stuttgart midfielder Wataru endo and 31-year-old right back Hiroki sakai they have been called up like the other two players of legal age to bring additional experience to the team.
South Africa chose to name only one player of legal age in their 22-man squad, with the SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen williams coming for the tournament.
They will be without Thabiso Monyane Y Kamohelo Mahlatsi, after the couple recently tested positive for COVID-19 along with a staff member at the South African camp.
Exciting 21-year-old forward Makgopa evidence could play a key role in the front row, having scored a double on his full international debut in a 3-2 win over Uganda.
Exterior Luther singh He also has plenty of experience in senior football, having had a productive loan out at Portuguese top-flight Pacos de Ferreira in Braga last season, recording five goals and five assists in 29 league games.
Possible starting lineup of Japan U23:
Osako; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, Tanaka; Doan, Kubo, Mitoma; Ueda, Maeda, Hayashi
Possible starting lineup of South Africa U23:
Williams; Malepe, Mohamme, Mukumela, Fleurs; Mokoena, Mahlatsi, Dlala; Singh, Makgopa, Foster
Correct Score: Japan U23 2-0 South Africa U23
The Japanese Olympic team has a lot of quality and, with the advantage of playing at home, it seems that they will go far in the tournament.
We see they are off to a good start Thursday with a win to please the local fans as they could certainly surpass South Africa if they manage to click into the opening game.
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