The two big names of the team, Yasuyuki Konno and Yasuhito Endo, both achieved qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the Japanese National Team yesterday after a 1-1 draw with Australia in some place in Saitama, supposedly home of two teams, one of them some mob of a team and the other is the current leaders of J1, Omiya Ardija. First of all, we should all congratulate our pair on their success with the Daihyo and hope that they can make Japan proud in the summer of 2014.
Nevertheless, the pair still has another qualifier to play next Tuesday (11th June) against Iraq. Furthermore, the two have been picked to represent Japan at the forthcoming Confederations’ Cup, also held in Brazil. This means that they will be representing their country until at least the 22nd June and if Japan happen to progress further from a group containing Italy, Mexico and the hosts Brazil, then there will be potentially other games on the 26th and 30th June.
This means that they will be unavailable for selection for Gamba until at least the Tokushima Vortis home match on the 29th June, although if Japan progress to the semi-finals and even the final, then they will realistically make it back for the match away to FC Gifu on the 3rd July.
We will all be supporting them on their travels to play Iraq and to Brazil and we hope they can show the world that Gamba and of course J2 do indeed have some excellent players. More importantly, we want them back as soon as possible so we want the tournament to be cancelled in Brazil or for Japan to get knocked out at the group stage! I am sure that whatever happens, Daiki Niwa and Kenya Okazaki can fill their boots – for now at least.
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