U17 World Cup: Japan coach disappointed with draw against New Caledonia

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The Japanese coach lauded the determination of his opposition to snatch a historic point...

Japan coach Yoshiro Moriyama was admittedly disappointed with the draw against New Caledonia. The Japanese coach rued the opportunities missed by his side and revealed how the pressure had gotten the better of his young bunch of players. 

'We started well, scored early on but then on our players became inactive and timid. They played under a certain pressure. We changed most of our players from the previous games, it was difficult. In the end were all disappointed with the result." 

He talked about how difficult it was for him and his team to cope with the multiple numbers of changes that were made for the game and how they wish to bounce back from the disappointing result. 

"Changing two-three players is different from changing almost the whole squad. A high level of technical prowess is required to cope with the situation. We will be proactive the next time we take to the field." he said. 

The Japanese coach though lauded the opposition players and was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm and attitude with which they took to the pitch. 

'They displayed a lot of courage going forward, they were proactive unlike us." 

"They thoroughly deserved the one point, teamwork and hard work from their side are what got them the result."

The coach did confirm that star player Nakamura was okay and was taken off as a precaution due to fatigue. 

New Caledonia coach Dominique Wallace was visibly ecstatic with his side's performance and underlined the importance of the result for football back in his home nation

"The result was really important, it is a huge point for our country. People will follow football more now."

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The coach seemed to have no complaints with his side and was very happy about the support his side received from both the crowds in Guwahati and Kolkata.

" We were determined throughput, New Caledonians are warriors, we fight to strive for success."

"I can't compare the two cities, we were well treated throughout. The crowd always pushed on for the underdog which got us going." 

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