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WL: Japan without Fukuzawa and Fukatsu

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In the fourth weekend of the FIVB World League Japan will host Argentina in Pool D at Komaki Park Arena.

Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Hideomi Fukatsu

Fukuzawa and Fukatsu

Japanese coach Masashi Nambu, in his first season as head coach, admitted that he and his squad were happy to be back home after a long journey.

After three weeks away it feels good to be back home,” said Nambu at a press conference on Friday. “Everybody is happy. We hope to play better this weekend.”

Nambu acknowledged that he is going through a learning process.

As the new coach of Japan I feel I am gaining experience with each match,” he noted. “I can see our improvement step-by-step.”

Nambu believes some of his side’s troubles so far have been self-inflicted. “Towards the end of matches we have made a lot of unforced errors,” he said. “I think that is due to lack of experience. We will fight here with all of our might.”

Japan suffered a blow during training on Friday when outside spiker Tatsuya Fukuzawa injured his ankle. He has been ruled out of this weekend’s matches. Nambu also said that he will use Shinji Takahashi at setter, after Hideomi Fukatsu was hurt against Argentina last weekend.

Kunihiro Shimizu is the second-highest scorer (87 points) in the group D at the halfway mark.


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