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Amarante: ‘mission accomplished!"
Friday, 01 July 2011 02:45
futsalwireDoha: Boss Jose Amarante declared it was mission accomplished after Nagoya Oceans captured the AFC Club Futsal Championship Trophy with a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory over Shahid Mansouri.

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Doha: Boss Jose Amarante declared it was mission accomplished after Nagoya Oceans captured the AFC Club Futsal Championship Trophy with a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory over Shahid Mansouri.

The Japanese side found themselves two goals down at the break and then had skipper Wataru Kitahara sent-off but strikes from Kenichiro Kogure and Morioka Kaoru hauled Nagoya level before Tamoaki Watanabe's goal in the second additional period clinched victory.

"We say that our mission is accomplished, it is a very important title," said Amarante.

"When I took over, the club asked me to improve the quality of the team's play and, if possible, become the best team in Asia.

"In the past three years, we have been able to do a great job but to become the best in the world, we still have a long way to go and we have to keep working hard to achieve that.

"The game was of very high-level.

We played really well, we came back from two goals down, our players' desire, will and ambition to win the game helped us to score the winning goal in extra time.

"At half-time we talked to the players to correct some things and when the player was sent-off, we were able to get through that and when we were back to full-strength, the players dug deep and played really well.

"As a European coach, I got to two finals in Europe but I lost both.

This is quite an achievement for me personally, and I am very happy for that.

"Finally I want to give special thanks to my backroom staff as they worked so hard for me.

My mother passed away two weeks ago and I had to go back to Brazil and they kept everything going." Shahid Mansouri coach Reza Lak did not attend the post-match press conference.