Several Ghanaian soccer fans were denied entry into Japan to watch Tuesday’s international friendly by the Japanese immigration.
Authorities held several Ghanaian soccer fans in detention upon arrival at the various airports in the Asian country over their inability to prove that indeed they traveled to witness the friendly match.
The Black Stars suffered a 3-1 defeat in the international friendly against the Blue Samurai in the match played in Yokohama.
Some Ghanaian fans who however traveled to see the game were however denied entry into the country by the Japanese immigration.
Even an intervention of the Ghanaian embassy in Japan proved not enough to free the Ghanaian fans to watch the match.
The Japan authorities claim these fans were unable to prove beyound reasonable doubts they had traveled to the country to witness the match.
Their decision to deny the Ghanaians entry was re-inforced by reports several Ghanaian football fans who had traveled a year earlier to see the FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup failed to return to Ghana as required.
The authorities were therefore in no mood to entertain any visitors who could not prove beyound reasonable doubts they had arrived to witness the match.
Information reaching GHANAsoccernet.com suggests these fans were without match tickets to prove the purpose of their travel.
The tickets for the Japan vrs Ghana friendly had been sold out almost a month to the match and therefore according to the Japanese authorities – failure to prove purchase of one of the match tickets by the Ghanaian fans was grounds enough to deny them entry.