Japan vs New Caledonia : 5 Players To Watch Out For In The Under 17 World Cup Match
Japan will play their last Group Stage match against New Caledonia in Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow. Here are the five players to watch out for in the match :
1.Takefusa Kubo (Japan) :
The 16-year old forward is the hottest property in the squad having impressed the Barcelona scouts so much that he was signed for the famous “La Masia” academy at the age of 10. Kuba excelled through his three years with the Catalan club. However, FC Barcelona were found guilty of violating FIFA’s international transfer policy following which made Kuba ineligible to represent the Catalonians. He has since returned to join FC Tokyo in the J-League. Despite his young age, the boy who has been called the “Japanese Messi’, has already become the lynchpin of FC Tokyo’s Under 23 reserve squad and in April this year became the youngest player to score in the J-League at 15 years, 10 months. Following May, he made his frist team debut in the J-League YBC Levain Club. He has already represented Japan at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in May this year in Korea . Having achieved so much already, huge show will be expected from Kuba in tomorrow’s match against New Caledonia .
2.Hiroto Yamada (Japan) :
The 17-year old forward is another exquisite player from the “BlueSamurais” . Yamada plays for the Japenese side Cerezo Osaka in the J-League. Last year, he made his debut for the Cerezo Osaka Under 23’s in a J3 League game and in doing so, he became the youngest player ever to make an appearance in the Japanese football league system. With such top notch profile , Yamada will be another exciting player to watch out for tomorrow .
3.Rei Hirakawa(Japan) :
He plays mainly as a Midfielder for FC Tokyo in J-League .
Hirakawa joined FC Tokyo in 2016 . on October against SC Sagamihra he made his debut . He played more than 10 matches for Under-23 team of FC Tokyo squad as well .
This 5 ft 9 inches central midfielder has a apt technique of ball-shielding .
He is fast , efficient with ball and can play as an attacking midfielder as well. Must watch player for tomorrow.
4.Keito Nakamura (Japan):
Striker Keito Nakamura scored the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup’s first hat-trick as Japan hammered Honduras 6-1 to begin their campaign on a resounding note.
Nakamura opened the scoring when he headed in a Kubo cross from a very close range.
The Nakamura-Kubo combination again clicked again eight minutes later as Nakamura’s left-footed shot from the centre of the box found the back of the net.
The hat-trick goal was achieved when Nakamura’s left-footed attempt off a Soichiro Kozuki through ball hit the target.
It was then the turn of Kubo to enter his name in the score sheet and Nakamura to provide the assist.
5.Sidri Wadenges (New Caledonia) :
Sidri Wadenges scored the first goal in any FIFA competition history for New Caledonia in the last minute of regulation time against France. He will be one of the players to watch out for in this match.