Japan captain Homare Sawa is eyeing a double win for her FIFA Women's World Cup-winning squad, after they booked one of Asia's two places at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament in London next year.
"We are still on the way," the 33-year-old midfielder said after Japan secured their third Olympic ticket in a row by drawing 1-1 with Korea DPR yesterday at the Asian qualifying tournament being held in China PR.
"Luckily we could produce the best possible result at the World Cup. But in Japan, conquering the Olympics is what matters most for women," Sawa wrote in Nikkan Sports.
"I am happy that we have won the World Cup but it won't mean anything if we ended there," the most-capped female Japanese footballer added.
Her team has yet to lift an Olympic medal, losing to Germany in the 2008 third-place play-off. A Japanese FIFA Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football Tournament double at London 2012 would be a first in consecutive years for any country in women's football.
USA triumphed in the inaugural 1996 Women's Olympic Football Tournament and went on to win the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, but lost to Norway in the final at the 2000 Sydney Games.
Sawa, who has played in three Olympics and five FIFA Women's World Cups, scored a 117th-minute equaliser in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final this July against USA before Japan won the competition on penalties.
She has scored 80 goals in 176 internationals and scooped the FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Boot in Germany this year for her five goals in the competition.