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Kirin Cup 2022: Japan thrashed Ghana 4-1 in tournament opener.

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The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat earlier Friday in their opening game of the Kirin Cup against Japan.


The West Africans came into the tournament with low expectations as several of their first team players had to travelled back to Europe to facilitate their transfers, others were tested positive for COVID-19 and some also suffered injuries. Some of the absentee’s were Kamaldeen Sulemana, Kofi Kyere, first team goalkeeper Jojo Wollocot , deputy captain Richard Ofori and several others.


The Japanese took advantage of this and had a great start of the game by controlling the game in the first 30 minutes, which culminated to them finding the opener through Yamane Miki after a beautiful exchange of passes in the Ghanaian half.


Jordan Ayew did leveled for the Black Stars with just a minute to half time, but was short lived as Vitoma Kaora restored the Japanese lead in less than a minute.


After the break, the Black Stars had a good start controlling the game in the early embers, bringing high hopes to making a comeback, but could not materialize as FC Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo fired in from a cross to give the Japanese a two goal lead.


Coach Otto Addo brought in Benjamin Tetteh and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku in his quest to reduce the deficit, but things went from bad to worst as substitute, Daizer Maeda who spent barely a minute on the pitch scored to make it 4-1


The results mean that, Coach Otto Addo has now lost his first game as a Black Stars manager. Drawing two times against Nigeria in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff, recording a win against Madagascar on June 1st and then a 1-1 draw against Central Africa Republic last Sunday.


Next for the Black Stars is a third place match against Chile on 14th June, 2022.


By Saaka Yakubu Issah

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