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JFL News In Brief
...Sony Sendai went down 4-1 to Yokohama F Marinos in their friendly on Saturday... all in all, it wasn't a particularly good day for JFL teams, as Rosso Kumamoto lost 3-1 to Sagan Tosu, Cerezo Osaka beat YKK AP by the same scoreline and FC Kariya were beaten 1-0 by Tokushima Vortis... Yokogawa Musashino drew 0-0 with Tokyo Gakugei University, though...

FC Ryukyu managed a win - but just 1-0 against local Okinawan side Requios FC... meanwhile, Ryukyu forward Tetsuro Miyagi, 26, has quit the club... FC Gifu thrashed Kansai University 8-2... but Arte Takasaki were beaten 2-1 by Kokushikan University...

24 Feb 07 - Sony Sendai take on the might of Yokohama F Marinos

Sony Sendai take on the might of Yokohama F Marinos

... more details have been issued of the set-up of the new Sagawa Kyubin SC outfit... ex-Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo coach will work as head coach under boss Masafumi Nakaguchi, previously his opposite number at Sagawa Kyubin Osaka... Shun Suzuki, Tokyo's former Sagan Tosu defender, has quit as a player and also joined the coaching staff... the club's published squad does indeed include sixteen Osaka players and fifteen from Tokyo, as previously reported...

26th Western Japan Football Tournament
It will be an all-Kansai League decider on Sunday in the Western Japan Football Tournament, currently being staged in Yamaguchi prefecture. Banditonce Kobe staked their own claim - and went some way towards making amends for their poor showing in the Regional League Championship Winners' Play-offs in November - with a 3-1 defeat of Kyushu's V Varen Nagasaki.

But to the surprise of most observers, they will meet in the final not favourites Fagiano Okayama from Chugoku, but their own neighbours FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu, who pulled off an impressive 2-1 win over the Pheasants after having previously beaten Shikoku's Kamatamare Sanuki. This leaves V Varen and Fagiano battling it out for third and fourth place in Sunday's games. In the other two matches on Saturday, Kamatamare breezed past Nippon Steel Oita, while FC Central Chugoku notched up a 5-4 defeat of Nangoku Kochi.

Group 1

Fri 23 Feb: Match 1: Banditonce Kobe 6-2 FC Central Chugoku
Fri 23 Feb: Match 2: V Varen Nagasaki 3-1 Nangoku Kochi

Sat 24 Feb: Match 3: Banditonce Kobe 3-1 V Varen Nagasaki
Sat 24 Feb: Match 4: FC Central Chugoku 5-4 Nangoku Kochi

Group 2

Fri 23 Feb: Match 5: Fagiano Okayama 8-1 Nippon Steel Oita
Fri 23 Feb: Match 6: Kamatamare Sanuki 2-3 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu

Sat 24 Feb: Match 7: Fagiano Okayama 1-2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sat 24 Feb: Match 8: Nippon Steel Oita 0-3 Kamatamare Sanuki

Sun 25 Feb: Tournament Decider: Banditonce Kobe - FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sun 25 Feb: 3rd / 4th place Decider: V Varen Nagasaki - Fagiano Okayama
Sun 25 Feb: 5th / 6th place Decider: FC Central Chugoku - Kamatamare Sanuki
Sun 25 Feb: 7th / 8th place Decider: Nangoku Kochi - Nippon Steel Oita
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