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Nadeshiko Japan coach Norio Sasaki said on Wednesday that he is stepping down after the team failed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Following a 1-0 victory over North Korea that wrapped up the women’s Asian Olympic qualifiers, Sasaki, who guided Japan to the 2011 Women’s World Cup title and an Olympic silver medal at the 2012 London Games, did not say whether he has resigned or been dismissed, but made it clear he is out after eight years in charge.

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