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I’m so proud: Kashima Antlers boss

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The Japanese team has earned a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in the United Arab Emirates next month

Japanese club Kashima Antlers defeated Iranian side Persepolis 2-0 on aggregate in the final of the Asian Champions League.

And the club has booked its ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in the United Arab Emirates on December.

And head coach Go Oiwa couldn’t be prouder.

“I am so proud that we have won the Asian Champions League title for the first time,” Oiwa told reporters as reported by Reuters.

“We played Real Madrid in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup two years ago but, for me, tonight is more satisfying as we won the title.”

“The name of Kashima Antlers will now echo throughout Asia,” he added.

“It was a very tough game but my players were very mobile, battled well and I am delighted with the result. I lost my voice but it is worth it.”

“Persepolis were the strongest team we played in the Asian Champions League this year. It is not just the team and tactics, but their fans too, who were magnificent,” he explained.

“I said that our aim was to win in the Azadi Stadium but we all saw how difficult it is to play Persepolis in their home ground. I wish them all the best.”