Thursday, 3rd June 2010
Japan to play Ivory Coast in cup friendly
The Japanese international squad are to play the Ivory Coast in a pre-World Cup friendly this week.
On Friday (June 4th), the two teams will meet at the Stade Tourbilion in Sion, Switzerland. The game is potentially important for Japan and could be a key match to show an improvement in their performance, as they have lost their last three international games.
Japan has recently been beaten by Asian rivals South Korea, as well as Serbia and England, who they played last week.
Football news source Goal.com noted that Japan are still one of Asia's football "superpowers" but have been struggling to keep their good performances up recently.
It said that the match could prove useful in a test of Asia versus Africa, as the Ivory Coast squad appear to be "the best bet for an African nation going far in the World Cup".
Japan is in group E for the World Cup, alongside Denmark, the Netherlands and Cameroon.
Written by Kimberley Homer.