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Gamba Osaka part ways with Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 

Kuala Lumpur: Gamba Osaka have parted company with head coach Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, the 2021 AFC Champions League participants announced on Friday following a disappointing run of results in the J.League.

Miyamoto was appointed to lead the team in 2018 and steered Gamba to a second place finish in last year’s J1 standings, the club’s best showing since 2015. 

But the form of the 2008 AFC Champions League winners dipped markedly this season, recording one win in the first 10 games during which Gamba scored just three goals to leave the club in 18th place in the 20-team division.

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The former Japan international defender, who led his country to the 2004 AFC Asian Cup title and was also a key member of their 2002 FIFA World Cup squad, has been replaced on an interim basis by Masanobu Matsunami.

Gamba are due to play in Uzbekistan in Group H of the 2021 AFC Champions League in June and July, when they will face two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors from Korea Republic, Singapore’s Tampines Rovers and Australian champions Sydney FC.

Photo: Gamba Osaka

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