Coach James Kwasi Appiah got his first ever international win outside the African continent when Ghana beat Japan 2-0 in an international friendly game hosted by the Asian country.
Akwasi Appiah has been getting media bash for his inability to win against non- African countries but Spanish based duo Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Levante’s Emmanuel Boateng ensured that fortunes in that relation is altered positively for their head coach.
Thomas Partey who captained the Black Stars on the day, got the opener in Ghana’s 2-0 over Japan in their international friendly played in Nissan stadium in Yokohama on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Boateng got his first goal for the senior national team when he converted from the spot in the 51st minute to increase the tally for Black Stars.
The Japanese were using the game as part of their preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup to be staged in Russia where they will face African side Senegal in the group stage.
Coach Kwesi Appiah also used the game to test his team’s preparedness for their upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifying matches later this year, after missing out on next month’s World Cup.
Striker Raphael Dwamena,winger Edwin Gyasi, defender Kasim Adams newbie Kwasi Okyere all started the game from bench as Nana Amponmah, Issac Sackey and Atamah Laweh were handed a starting role by coach Kwasi Appiah.
This victory mean that, the Black Stars have beaten Japan for the second time having won just one out five previous matches.
The Black Stars will play Iceland in their next friendly game next week Thursday.
Japan however, 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.
Starting line up:
Richard Ofori, Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbenyenu, Rashid Sumaila, Nicholas Opoku, Joseph Attamah Laweh , Isaac Sackey, Frank Acheampong, Emanuel Boateng, Thomas Teye Partey, Nana Ampomah
Ati-Zigi, Adams Kassim, Kwasi Okyere, Raphael Dwamena, Edwin Gyasi, Albert Adomah, Afriyie Acquah.