The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Japan in the 2022 Kirin Cup four-nation invitational tournament on Friday.
Despite parading the likes of Andre and Jordan Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, Daniel Amartey and Kudus Mohammed, Felix Afena-Gyan the Black Stars could not withstand the fire power of the hosts.
Otto Addo’s side have won just one of their nine games in 2022.
Miki Yamane opened scoring for Japan in the 29th minute before Jordan equalized for the Black Stars in the 44th minute.
One minute of added time in the first half Japan went 2-1 up thanks to Kaoru Mitoma.
In the 73rd minute Takefuso Kubo got Japan’s third before Daizen Maeda added the fourth in the 82nd minute.
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In the other game, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia defeated Chile 2-0 and will meet Japan in the final.
The third-placed match is between Ghana and Chile on Tuesday, 14 June.Ghana qualified for this year’s FIFA World Cup for the fourth time after edging bitter rivals the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
They are drawn in Group H with Portugal, two-time World Cup winners Uruguay, and South Korea.
Tunisia will be making their sixth appearance at the World Cup and will face World Cup champions France and Denmark as well as a yet-to-be-known opponent.
The Kirin Cup is a football tournament organised in Japan by the Kirin Brewery Company. The host, Japan, is a participant in every edition.
The tournament was founded in 1978 then known as Japan Cup (International competition which national teams and clubs participated in), and was last held in its full form in 2016.
From 1992 onwards, the format was changed to a round robin national team competition. The first nation to win the competition was Argentina.
Japan are the tournament’s most successful team with eleven titles, followed by Peru with three titles. As of 2016, the current cup holders are Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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