JAPAN aim to topple South Korea today in their opening Group B match of the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca.
Their aim to to play in their first ever final of the Asia Cup, and Korea will face the brunt of their might.
“It will not be easy against Korea and we are aware of it. The plan is to restrict the Koreans and hit them on the break,” said stand in manager Satoshi Makimoto.
“It is vital that we put away whatever chances we create as our target here is to make the final. And we are optimistic that we are able to achieve it looking at the team we have.”
Japan will depend on Kohei Ota, Hirotaka Zandana and Yohel Mori to hit the target from penalty corners.
In the previous six editions, the best Japan has achieved is a third spot finish in Singapore in 1996.
They assembled the squad for more than a year, but only played 10 matches, three against their national team while another seven were against Malaysia in February.
Japan play Malaysia on May 7.