Ohgihara named in Japan squad

Cerezo Osaka defender Takahiro Ohgihara has been selected as a member of the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) squad that will face Uruguay (Friday, September 5th, Sapporo Dome) and Venezuela (Tuesday, September 9th, International Stadium Yokohama) in the Kirin Challenge Cup 2014. Below are his profile and comments.


<< Kirin Challenge Cup 2014 >>
Date: September 5th (Friday), 19:25 Kickoff
Match: SAMURAI BLUE (Japan) vs Uruguay
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido

Date: September 9th (Tuesday), 19:20 Kickoff
Match: SAMURAI BLUE (Japan) vs Venezuela
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa


<< Takahiro Ohgihara Profile >>


Birthdate: October 5th, 1991
Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture
Height / Weight: 184cm / 72kg
Blood Type: A
Club History: Sakai Kita FC ('01) → Cerezo Osaka U-15 ('14) → Cerezo Osaka U-18 ('07) → Cerezo Osaka ('10)
NT Selection History: U-20 Japan NT, U-22 Japan NT, U-23 Japan NT, Japan NT (EAFF East Asian Cup 2013)

Statement from Takahiro Ohgihara:
It's an incredible honor to be chosen for the national team by the new manager. I want to work hard to make the most of this opportunity. I won't be able to play in the Nabisco Cup quarterfinals, but I'm confident that Cerezo will still win in my absence and I'll be able to focus on achieving results with the national team. I hope Cerezo reach the semi-finals so we can progress even further together.