Tanaka hopes to turn Asian success into Olympic springboard
Tokyo: Nippon TV Beleza captain Mina Tanaka has revealed her determination to play a role in Japan’s bid for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games success.
The in-form striker made the pledge in the wake of her superb hat-trick against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, which helped Beleza to their inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship title in Yongin.
Tanaka’s four goals in that tournament followed 20 in Japan’s Nadeshiko League, a competition where she was also voted Most Valuable Player, but the 25-year-old has recently been a conspicuous absentee at the international level.
Adelaide: Australia made it two wins over Chile in less than a week, defeating the South Americans 1-0 in a friendly international at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday.
Emily Gielnik scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute, while Sam Kerr provided the assist, had a penalty saved and hit the woodwork on a night where the Australian captain did everything but score.
The match was part of the Matildas’ preparation for next February’s Olympic Qualifiers, where they will meet Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China PR on the Road to Tokyo.
Nadeshiko too strong for South Africa, China PR win Yongchuan Tournament
Fukuoka: Japan’s build-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics continued with 2-0 win over South Africa, while China PR beat Brazil on penalties after a 0-0 to win the Yongchuan International Tournament in Chingqing on Sunday
Japan 2-0 South Africa
All of the scoring came in the first half, with Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai notching a rare international goal in the 20th minute before Yuika Sugasawa added a second four minutes before half time.
Japan’s success follows last month’s 4-0 success over Canada, as the Asian champions look to challenge for medals in their home Olympics next August.
Sydney: Sam Kerr scored both of her team’s goals as Australia defeated Chile 2-1 in front of a record home crowd in their international friendly on Saturday.
A total 20,029 fans saw the Matildas captain guide her side to victory in their first outing since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, opening the scoring in the third minute before adding a second in the 72nd minute, only for Camila Sáez to pull a goal back as Chile mounted a late challenge.
Ante Milicic’s side will meet the Chileans again in Adelaide on Tuesday, before turning their attention to February’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
Englishman Bell appointed Korea Republic women's head coach
Seoul: The search for a new Korea Republic women’s national team head coach is over, after Englishman Colin Bell’s appointment was finalised on Friday.
Bell, 58, is Korea Republic’s first foreign women’s national team coach after signing a three-year deal, which lasts until the conclusion of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
The appointment ends the search for a full-time successor to former coach Yoon Duk-yeo - who took the side to the past two FIFA Women’s World Cups – after former player Hwang In-sun served as interim boss during this month’s tour of the United States, which included a creditable 1-1 draw against the world champions.
New format to decide Asia’s Tokyo 2020 women qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: The battle for the final two spots to join hosts and reigning Asian champions Japan, at the Women’s Football Tournament at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be decided in a new and innovative qualifying tournament.
on Friday, the Continent’s remaining women’s sides will learn their fate in the Asian Qualifiers Final Round Draw at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The revamped qualifying format for the 2020 edition will see the eight remaining teams divided into two groups, with the top two sides advancing to the two-legged play-offs to decide the final two Asian qualifiers.
This will give the Continent’s elite teams the opportunity to play their most significant matches in front of their home fans.