Experimental Black Stars defeat World Cup-bound Japan in a friendly

Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars have defeated World Cup-bound Japan by 2-0 in a friendly played at the Yokohama Stadium.

The experimental Black Stars took the lead in the ninth minute through a free-kick from Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey before debutant Emmanuel Boateng sealed the victory from the penalty spot after the 51st minutes.

Japan’s new coach Akira Nishino suffered defeat in his first game in charge of the Blue Samurai losing 2-0 to Ghana on Wednesday.

Nishino played a new formation with five at the back, while Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa started on the bench in Yokohama.

Ghana who failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup used the game as a preparatory for the upcoming Nations Cup qualifier as head coach Kwesi Appiah and his assistant continued their rebuilding process. The Black Stars’ next friendly opponents are Iceland who are also on their way to Russia for the World Cup.

Japan continue their tournament preparation with friendlies against Switzerland and Paraguay ahead of their opening Group H match with Colombia on 19 June. Senegal and Poland are the other two teams in Group H.
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