Ghana’s Black Stars beat World Cup bound [The Blue Samurai] of Japan 2-0 in an international friendly played in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The game was to aid the two teams assess their strengths and weaknesses ahead of international assignments.

For, Blue Samurai it was the 2018 World Cup in Russia while the Black Stars were gauging themselves before the resumption of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Acting captain Thomas Partey put he Black Stars in the lead in the 9th minute through a free kick.

Japan sought the equaliser but they found no success due to poor finishing and influential goalkeeping from Richard Ofori in post for Ghana.

Ghana Black Stars found the second goal from an Emmanuel Boateng penalty. The Levante man was brought down by Japan goalie Eiji Kwashima as he chased a long punt from Richard Ofori.

Gotoku Sakai of Japan and Nana Opoku Ampomah of Ghana compete for the ball
Gotoku Sakai of Japan and Nana Opoku Ampomah of Ghana compete for the ball
The victory was the third for Kwesi Appiah in his second stint in charge of the team and he will hope for a similar result when the Black Stars face Iceland in another friendly on June 7.

Japan will play Switzerland and Paraguay in two more friendlies before the start of the World Cup campaign. They are in Group H with Senegal, Colombia and Poland. Referee Chris Beath handled the match which was watched by 64,520 the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japaan.

Japan starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Kawashima; Yoshida, Hasebe (Ideguchi 76), Makino; Haraguchi (G. Sakai 46), Oshima, Yamaguchi (Shibakasi 59) Nagatomo; Honda, Usami (Kagawa 46); Osako.

Ghana starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ofori; Yiadom, Sumaila (Gyasi 77), Opoku, Agbenyenu; Sackey (Kasim 71), Attamah; Ampomah, Partey, Acheampong (Dwamena 64); Boateng (Wriedt Okyere 82)

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine