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Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

JFA continues search for coach

The Associated Press

The Japan Football Association has yet to find a successor for World Cup coach Takeshi Okada.

JFA technical director Hiromi Hara, who has been criticized for not signing a new coach, says he is close to finalizing a deal.

Hara went overseas to hold talks with former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini and Olympiakos coach Ernesto Valverde, but came home empty-handed. The JFA had hoped to have a new coach signed by Aug. 15.

Japan will play Paraguay on Sept. 4 in Yokohama and Guatemala three days later in Osaka, with Hara coaching for both home friendlies.

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