Japan match may be moved from sand pit

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TOKYO - Japan's home friendly against Togo in October may be moved from Oita after players blasted the pitch as dangerous.

Japan defender Tulio recently complained after a J-League match "it was like playing in a sand pit" and that he had feared getting injured.

He and other players called for Japan's October 14 Kirin Cup game with the West African side to be switched to a new venue.

The Japan Football Association (JFA) told Reuters on Thursday a decision would be made after consulting with ground staff at Oita's 2002 World Cup stadium.

Japan, who have qualified for next year's World Cup in South Africa, face Scotland in Yokohama on Oct. 10 in the opening match of the three-team Kirin Cup.