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Japan’s Under-23s coach Makoto Teguramori named a 21-man squad on Monday to face fellow Olympic participant South Africa on June 29.

Coming two days before Teguramori names his 18-man team for the Rio de Janeiro Games, the South Africa clash at Matsumoto Stadium will be the final chance for some of his players to make a case for spots on the Olympic team. It will give the 48-year-old coach a chance to check on those returning from injuries, including FC Tokyo playmaker Shoya Nakajima and Albirex Niigata forward Musashi Suzuki.

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