Homare Sawa’s recovery from benign paroxysmal postural vertigo continues to be plagued with difficulty. The Nadeshiko’s greatest ever player has returned to Kobe having withdrawn from INAC Leonessa Kobe’s training camp in Kagoshima, confirms the Asahi Shimbun. Sawa will continue her rehabilitation with a separate training programme in Kobe.
The Yomiuri Shimbun notes that Ami Otaki, the 22 year-old forward who joined Olympique Lyonnais’ women’s team at the end of January, made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut for the current title holders, coming on in the 57th minute as they romped to a 4-0 win over Brøndby IF and an 8-0 aggregate scoreline to reach their fifth European semi-final. Otaki, who is yet to make an appearance for the senior Japanese women’s national team, scored 45 goals in just 30 matches for Waseda University prior to joining Lyon.
And finally, in his first press conference as new manager of FC Yokohama, Motohiro Yamaguchi says he is looking to instill a “sense of dynamism” in the football club, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun. Reflecting on the two losses suffered by the team, Yamaguchi opined that “[a difficult situation] can be changed by everyone facing in the same direction [and] the players want to restore confidence”. Yamaguchi has also amended the team’s training schedule, requiring squad members to attend both morning and afternoon sessions rather than a single practice held in the morning.