Futoshi Ikeda named new manager of Japan women's national team

Futoshi Ikeda has been appointed manager of the Japan women's national team, replacing Asako Takakura at the helm.

Futoshi Ikeda led Japan to the title at the Women's Under-20 World Cup in 2018. - AFP

Futoshi Ikeda has been appointed manager of the Japan women's national team, replacing Asako Takakura at the helm of the 2011 world champion.

Takakura stepped down from the post she had held since 2016 following Japan's disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games, when Nadeshiko Japan was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

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Ikeda led Japan to the title at the Women's Under-20 World Cup in 2018, defeating Spain in the final, and was recently in charge of the country's Under-19 side.

The former Urawa Red Diamonds defender's first assignment will be in January and February, when he takes Japan to the Women's Asian Cup in India. The Japanese have qualified automatically as defending champions.

The competition also acts as the continent's qualifying tournament for the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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