Ghana’s Black Stars suffer defeat to Japan


ACCRA — Ghana suffered a 1-3 defeat to Japan in an international friendly played in Yokohama on Tuesday.


The Black Stars playing with a weakened team after the withdrawal of most of the country’s top stars from the match went ahead in the first half through debutant, Frank Acheampong.

They later spent the rest of the first half soaking pressure from their hosts bent on levelling before recess.

Alberto Zaccheroni’s men came back in the second half and continued with their attacks.
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa finally put Japan on level pecking before Endo and Honda sealed the victory for the Asian giants.

Japan have already started preparations for the 2014 World Cup after becoming the first country to join hosts, Brazil for the global showpiece.

Meanwhile, Ghana will be involved in play-offs on the African continent as they seek to make a third straight appearance.