Japan vs Ghana – LIVE Reddit Soccer 10/06/2022
Japan will play Ghana in the Kirin Cup semi-final fixture at the Misaki Park Stadium on Thursday. Both sides head into the contest on the back of some decent results. The Samurai Blues started their round of fixtures with a 4-1 win against Paraguay before going down narrowly to the mighty Brazilians in the previous game. Meanwhile the visitors recorded a 3-0 win over Madagascar before being held to a 1-1 draw at Central African Republic in the last outing.
The Samurai Blue began their June round of international fixtures with a thumping victory over Paraguay. Takuma Asano, Daichi Kamada, Kaoru Mitoma and Ao Tanaka netted for the hosts, while the South Americans pulled one back through Derlis Gonzalez. And then, a few days later, Brazil edged past Japan courtesy of Neymar’s lone goal. It was Japan’s first defeat in 2022, having won four and drawn once in six fixtures. The Japanese Football Association has arranged for an excellent set of friendlies and cup fixtures, giving the Samurai Blue a chance to test themselves against opponents from all over the world before the World Cup in November. The Samurai Blue are drawn in a tough Group E alongside Germany, Spain and Costa Rica/ New Zealand.
Ghana on the other hand, are going through a rough patch, having registered only one win in their eight games in 2022. Although the Black Stars managed to qualify for the World Cup later this year, by overcoming Nigeria on away goals, their form would be a cause of concern for the head coach Otto Addo. Against Madagascar, on June2, Mohammed Kudu opened the scoring before Felix Gyan doubled the lead and then, Osman Bukari completed the drubbing to take three points. However, against the Central Africa Republic, Kudus’ opener was canceled out by Karl Namnganda to share the spoils. Ghana’s World Cup campaign will begin against Portugal on November 24 before taking on South Korea and Uruguay.
The Samurai Blue of Japan will battle the Black Stars of Ghana in the opener of the Kirin tournament starting on 10 June 2022 at 09:55 GMT at the Misaki Park Stadium.
It will be the 21st edition of the international friendly football tournament, with the last one taking place in 2016. Japan was in the final of that edition, losing 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Ghana has been invited to compete for the first time in the history of the tournament.
Chile and Tunisia will also battle each other in the first semi-final on Friday. While this is just a friendly game, it will be a good opportunity for the teams to get themselves ready ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.
The four-time African champions have assembled eighteen players for the tournament including Hearts of Oak duo, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, and Dennis Korsah.
First choice goalkeeper Jojo Wollacot, Gideon Mensah, Jonathan Mensah, Richard Ofori, Antoine Selorm Semenyo, and Elisha Owusu didn’t travel with the team to the Asian country for the two friendlies.
The two African sides that will play in the global showpiece in Qatar later this year have been invited to play in the four-nation tournament.
The Black Stars will take on the host nation Japan while Tunisia play Chile in Friday’s other game in the tournament organised by the Japanese federation.
The two winners of the two matches will clash in the final on Tuesday while the losers play each other in the third-place playoff on the same day.
Ghana coach Otto Addo has travelled with just 18 players for the two matches after several players withdrew from the tournament for various reasons after playing in this week’s 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.
But the Black Stars can rely on captain Andre Ayew and talented Mohammed Kudus as well as other experienced players Mubarak Wakaso and Daniel Amartey.
Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri’s list of 24 players selected for the excludes goalkeeper Elias Damergy, midfielders Ghailene Chaalali and Moataz Zemzemi as well as winger Elias Achouri who were part of the team for this week’s AFCON qualifiers.
Ghana qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the fourth time last month and was drawn in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.
Tunisia will be making their sixth appearance at the World Cup and will face former winner France and Denmark as well as a yet-to-be-known opponent.