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Morioka: rediscovered by Japan but little chance at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS

“The chance that Morioka to Russia, is not higher than fifty percent,” says the Japanese sports journalist Toru Nakata to Sport/Voetbalmagazine. Japanese coach Halilhodzic, Saturday to be present in Ostend, turns out not a big fan of playing point guard from Anderlecht.

Ryota Morioka (right) against KV Oostende. © Belga Image

It looks not that Ryota Morioka going to the world cup draw with Japan. Since the appointment of Vahid Halilhodzic as coach of the Samurai Blue in march 2015, was Morioka skillfully ignored. The past three years, he got two games, to score gift: 20 minutes against Brazil and 28 minutes against Belgium in november of last year. Morioka need to hope that he in march called for the training duels against Mali and Ukraine. For the two international matches wants Halilhodzic create a group of 35 players, which then slimmed down to 30 men. “The chance that Ryota to Russia, is not higher than fifty percent,” says Toru Nakata of the Japanese website Sports Navigation. “He still has ten play offmatchen to show that he has a selection of deserves.’

Not that they are in Japan really lie awake of Morioka. After his departure from Vissel Kobe, he was by the Japanese are reported missing. She knew that he would be somewhere around them, but the interest was non-existent. “We lost him completely out of the eye in Poland. We knew that he scored and assists at Slask Wroc?aw, but we could not imagine in his performance. We went only on his statistics. He was a forgotten footballer in Japan. I can’t imagine that a Japanese journalist Ryota in Poland is going up. We have him rediscovered by Waasland-Beveren.’

Even after his transfer to Anderlecht is Morioka far from being a big star in Japan. That is reserved for his colleagues from the Bundesliga. Nakata: ‘Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund each match by at least one and often three television followed. The written press has five to ten people on the perstribune sit. For Morioka, we are usually with two journalists – if Yuya Kubo at the same time is that there is only one. I am, however, convinced that the Japanese football fan on a regular basis, something wants to read about Morioka.’

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Read the full article on Ryota Morioka in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 14 February.

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