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The Pain and the Glory
Success came at a cost for Japan 65+ captain and coach Hoji Kawakami, whose shin guards failed to protect him adequately from a hard struck ball in Japan’s final game against Malaysia. He was later presented with his gold medal and the award of Most Valued Player in the 65+ section which proved some consolation for a broken tibia.
The MVP award in the 60+ section went to Malaysia’s Raymond Marks Tio, scorer of a remarkable goal in his side's 3-0 win over Japan in the 60+ final.