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Ghana loses to Japan in opening game of Kirin Cup

The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a humiliating defeat to Japan in their opening match by 4-1 in the Kirin Cup tournament on Friday.

It was the first defeat in four matches for the Black Stars since the appointment of former Ghanaian international Otto Addo as head coach.

The team moved to Japan After Drawing one – one with the Central African Republic in the 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers in Angola

Four times champions of the African cup of Nations, Ghana suffered defeat in the hands of Japan in the opening game of the Kirin tournament.

Japan opened the scoring, in the 29th minute, through Miki Yamane before Jordan Ayew levelled for the Stars in the 44th minute.

However, Japan restored their lead just before the half-time break with Kaoru Mitoma getting his name on the score sheet.

The second half proved more difficult for Ghana as they found no answers to the attacking prowess of Japan, conceding two additional goals without scoring any, making the scoreline 4-1 in favour of the hosts.

The rational behind Ghana’s participation in the Kirin is to prepare the team adequately for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, where the Black Stars have been drawn into Group H along with Asian opponents South Korea, Uruguay and Portugal.

The Kirin tournament continues with Ghana facing Chile and Tunisia in the next two matches

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