Sanfrecce’s Asano looks to impress at Super Cup

Sanfrecce’s Asano looks to impress at Super Cup

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano is confident that he can build on his breakout 2015 season ahead of Saturday’s FUJI XEROX SUPER CUP.

The 21-year-old was named the J.League New Player of the Year after scoring nine goals, all of them as a substitute.

“I have a good impression of (the Super Cup) since that’s where I scored my first goal in 2014,” Asano said after Sanfrecce’s final pre-match practice on Friday. 

“I want to score again tomorrow and contribute to a win, especially since my family is coming.”

The Mie native had a short offseason, participating in Japan’s victorious AFC U-23 Championship campaign in Qatar.

“I got a week off after the tournament, he revealed, “but I didn’t really ‘switch off’ (before rejoining Sanfrecce) and that might have helped me.

“I’m not satisfied with earning an Olympic berth; I want to play in the Olympics and that feeling is stronger than ever. Beginning tomorrow I want to make my case.”