Saransk: Japan’s football team, on the eve of their opening World Cup match in Russia, sent their condolences to those affected by Monday’s earthquake in Osaka, and coach Akira Nishino said some players were worried about family in the area.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday, killing three people. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and their top priority was the safety of residents. About 150 people were injured, broadcaster NHK said.
Coach Nishino said he was concerned about the psychological impact on the players ahead of the match against Colombia. “But we are consulting with them and hope they will settle down.” Japan arrived in Saransk on Sunday and take on Colombia on Tuesday in their opening Group H match.
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Updated Date: Jun 18, 2018 20:06:33 IST