FIFA U 17 World Cup: All You Need To Know About Japan vs Honduras Game
Asian giants Japan will eye a positive start when they lock horns with Honduras in the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Sunday.
Date:- 8th October, 2017
Time:- 8:00 PM IST, 3:30 PM BST
Venue:- Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
Broadcast Details:- Sony TEN in India, Fox Sports 2 in USA and Eurosport in UK
Japan’s FIFA U-17 World Cup team, slotted in Group E along with France, Honduras and New Caledonia, has come to India not only with a mission to improve upon their previous best performance – quarterfinal berth in 1993 and 2011.The Asian nation secured a ticket to India by virtue of an impressive performance in the 2016 AFC Under-16 championship. The player to watch out for is striker Takefusa Kubo. Dubbed as the Japanese Messi, he is the youngest player to score in the J-League and represented Japan at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May this year. Another forward, Cerozo Osaka, also has the skills to make an impression.
Coming to Honduras, they have managed to regularly qualify for the tournament since 2007. They bowed out of the first two editions but managed to reach the quarter-finals in 2013.In the qualification race, Honduras finished second behind a dominant Costa Rica in the Central American zone qualifiers to reach the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Once at the finals, they were defeated by hosts Panama, but recovered by beating Curacao and Haiti to reach the classification round. A hugely impressive 7-1 victory over Cuba, with Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios both grabbing hat tricks, teed up their progression to India, despite a 0-3 defeat to US.
Japan (From): Goalkeepers: Umeda Togo, Tani Kosei, Suzuki Zion
Defenders: Iketaka Nobuki, Kemmotsu Takumu, Sugawara Yukinari, Kobayashi Yuki, Yamasaki Taichi, Baba Seiya.
Midfielders: Okuno Kohei, Hirakawa Rei, Suzuki Toichi, Tsubaki Naoki, Fukouka Shimpei, Kida Hinata, Kozuki Soichiro.
Forwards: Yamada Hiroto, Miyashiro Taisei, Nakamura Keito, Kubo Takefusa, Saito Koki.
Honduras (From): Goalkeepers: Carlos Banega (Comayaguga), Jordy Castro (Real Espana), Alex Riveira (Motagua)
Defenders: Axel Gomez (Olimpia), Gustavo Vallecillo (CARDVA), Santiago Cabrera (Honduras Progreso), Alexander Bahr (Atlanta Silverbacks), Cristian Moreira (Vida), Emilio Campos (UdeG)
Midfielders: Carlos Mejia (Vida), David Cardona (Real Juventud), Gerson Chavez (Real Espana), Joshua Canales (Olimpia), Everson Lopez (Motagua), Alessandro Castro (Atlanta Silverbacks), Luis Palma (Vida)
Kenneth Martinez (Motagua), Reynaldo Bodden (Victoria), Jorge Flores (Orientacion Maritimo), Asaf Cacho (Motagua), Patrick Palacios (Real Espana)