Japan defeated an under-strength Ghana side 3-1 at the Yokohama Sports Stadium in an international friendly on Tuesday morning in Yokohama.
Anderlecht youngster Frank Acheampong scored in the 24th minute on his Ghana full debut but the host perpetuated their dominance over the West Africans by scoring thrice in the second-half to claim victory.
Kwesi Appiah’s less fancied side enjoyed an impressive first-half but were left distraught as the host confirmed their dominance.
Ghanasoccernet.com rates the performance of the Black Stars from the Yokohama Stadium.
Razak Brimah – 5/10
Enjoyed a good first half and made some timely saves to help the Black Stars end the first half with a 1-0 advantage.
But he committed some few unpardonable errors which blighted his day.
Mistakenly grabbed the ball outside of the box and could have done better to prevent Ghana from conceding the second.
Samuel Inkoom – 5.5/10
The former FC Dnipro man passed the test in the first half after the opening 15 minutes and displayed some individual brilliance as he got involved in the sequence of play that fetched the opening goal in the 24th minute.
But in the second half, as the pressure mounted on Ghana and he consistently had to put his defensive abilities on display, he was not the master on the job.
Richard Kissi Boateng – 4.4/10
Bad game for the TP Mazembe man. He was virtually anonymous at his role and failed to bring stability to his side of the defence.
Rashid Sumaila – 6
Credited for Ghana’s fine defensive play in the first half. The Mamelodi Sundowns defender held Honda and Uchida in close check and provided a solid partnership with John Boye in central defence.
His substitution after the break affected Ghana in the department.
Harrison Afful – 5.5
Unusual role for the Esperance de Tunis man. Kwesi Appiah assigned him a new role as a holding midfielder which was an entirely new territory for him but he worked well though he lacked the final finishing polish of a natural architect.
Raman Yussif Chibsah – 5.5
Great potential. He was cool-headed on the ball and buttress the striking force but unfortunately in much of the second half, he was lost in the game.
Albert Adomah – 4.5
The Middlesbrough man looked tired in most parts of the game and rather unprepared. His speed was a big suspect and he failed to copy into the pace of Waris and Acheampong who were both rapier swift.
His replacement on the 55th minute mark by Solomon Asante was always coming.
Christian Atsu – 6
Was one of Ghana’s finest in the game. Possessed great tenacity and hung on to the ball well. He exploited space with consummate skill and aligned himself well too.
Astu had the telepathy of Waris and Acheampong and got involved in the game more often.
Frank Acheampong – 7.5
Ghana’s best player on the pitch. Run constantly at the opposition and caused problems for their defence.
Scored Ghana’s only goal with a deflected effort. Great vision and understanding.
Abdul Majeed Waris – 7
Played with such high confidence that he displayed amazing technique and kept his composure well.
He could take on the Japanese defence at will and set up Acheampong for the opener with a flicking backheel.
His understanding was also excellent but was dwarfed out of the game in most of the second half.
Jonathan Mensah – 5/10
Solomon Asante – 5.5/10
Daniel Opare – 5 /10
Rabiu Mohammed – 5.5/10
Mahatma Otoo – 5.5/10