The Japanese team, which Tuesday his opening match against Colombia soon saw his preparation to be disturbed by bad news from the home front. Found there Monday morning, a deadly earthquake. Coach Akira Nishino is worried about the morale of his players.
Monday morning local time (Sunday night in Russia) was in Osaka, a heavy earthquake. Three people lost there life. Different players have friends and family in the affected area.
“The players were shocked when the news arrived,” said Nishino to the assembled press. “They worry about their friends and family. I’m currently worried about the psychological impact that this event may have on the group. We are there for them where necessary, and hope that the concern is rapidly decreasing.”
Captain Makato Hasabe had noted that the thoughts of the team at the people in Japan. “I would like my support to the people affected and hope to have a limited impact and a fast recovery. There are some players of whom the family in the affected area. They are anxious.”
Japan plays Tuesday at 14h cet in the opening match of group H against the Colombia of James Rodriguez. For the Japanese, the midfielder of Bayern Munich is not unknown. Just as a large part of the Japanese team plays the Colombian in the German Bundesliga. “He is a symbol for Colombia. We allowed him neither time nor space to give,” said coach Nishino. “He is everywhere on the field. That is to say that our whole team to him, will have to keep an eye on.”