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Friday, March 21, 2003

JFA may nix U.S. tour

Staff writer

Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi disclosed Thursday that the soccer's national governing body is considering canceling the national team's upcoming tour to the United States (March 23-31), following the launch of the U.S. military attack on Iraq on Thursday.

The JFA will make a final decision on the matter Friday.

Kawabuchi said, "We are collecting information from various sources while examining the situation. We would also like to find out the thoughts of J. League clubs. We will make a final decision tomorrow (Friday) on whether to go on the trip."

JFA's vice technical director Atsushi Nomiyama quoted Japan coach Zico as saying "I'll follow the decision of the JFA."

He said Zico wants to hold a training camp in Japan during that period if the tour is canceled.

Japan is scheduled to play two friendlies, against Uruguay on March 26 in San Diego, and against the U.S. on March 29 in Seattle.

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