Japanese Coach Resigns After Loss
Jun. 26, 1998
LYON, France (AP) _ Coach Takeshi Okada resigned today after the Japanese team lost its third straight game at the World Cup.
Okada's team, in its debut in the world soccer championship, lost 2-1 to Jamaica after falling 1-0 to both Croatia and Argentina. It was a respectable enough showing for the nation that will be co-host of the 2002 World Cup, but not good enough for Okada.
``I will quit as a professional coach,'' he said. ``When a coach fails to achieve that he sets out to do, he should quit. It is my responsibility. I was not able to draw the best out of the players in this match.''