Nambu still concerned about mistakes after victory over Tunisia


Osaka, Japan, September 16, 2015 - Japan's error count is still a concern for coach Masashi Nambu despite a convincing win over Tunisia in Wednesday's final match.

Japan coach Masashi Nambu: "Six games are finished now. We are in a good mental condition and the break was good for us. We still made some easy mistakes tonight that we must fix. We made sideout mistakes. We are not careful enough about small things. We can't make these kind of mistakes against strong teams. [Kunhiro] Shimizu was good today. Our lifeline was our reception and passing on attack. We still have many games left. This is a good experience for our younger players."

Tunisia coach Fathi Mkaourar: "I expected us to play better today. Maybe Japan was more determined. Our wing spikers made some mistakes. It was unfortunate. Our defense is good and functions well. Our block is improving but it's not good enough now. We had trouble to adjust to Japan's style."

Japan captain Kunihiro Shimizu: "We lost to Italy in the previous game and felt bad, but we could win today. We made some mistakes on sideout today. We need to fix the problems we had. Today was not perfect. The tactics we used will not work against strong teams if we don't play better."

Japan player Daisuke Sakai: "This was my first time to play in the World Cup. We were able to score points continuously. Shimizu and [Yuki] Ishikawa were good on attacks."

Japan player Masahiro Yanagida: "We could win and that was good. The veterans Shimizu and Sakai created a good mood in the team. I could not contribute enough today."

Tunisia captain Marouen Garci: "Japan played well today. We played well but should reduce the mistakes."


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