Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says Japan is one of the countries to look out for going into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after dominating the Black Stars in a friendly on Tuesday.
The Blue Samurai came from behind to beat the West Africans 3-1 in a friendly in Yokohama.
The Black Stars allowed the Blues Samurai to come from behind to win the match in Yokohama 3-1 after Frank Acheampong gave the visitors the lead.
Manchester United Shinji Kagawa drew the home side level with a curled in effort in the 50th minute before Yasuhito Endo and Keisuke Honda scored to complete the turn-around.
The West Africans played without several of their key players as coach Appiah gave the chance to several youngsters who are bench warmers in the his team.
Top stars Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, Mubarak Wakaso, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah and Kevin-Prince Boateng were missing in action for the Black Stars.
Despite the absence of these top players, Japan’s foreign-based players excelled as they dominated the midfield and attack with little threat from the Ghanaians.
Japan have already sealed their place at the World Cup and coach Appiah will not single out one Japanese player for praise as he insists that their team work is delightful.
“I believe that Japan is a very good team, all of their players are very good,” Appiah said when asked whether the Blue Samurai’s performance hinges on key player Kagawa.
“I don’t think it is fair to talk about a single player, but Shinji Kagawa is a very good player, everybody knows that.”
Ghana will know by November whether they will play at the World Cup in Brazil after sealing their place in the final playoffs of the qualifiers.