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Friday, 11th June 2010
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Still no win for Japan's World Cup squad

Japan have still not secured a win ahead of the World Cup, with their latest match against Zimbabwe ending 0-0.

The Japanese coach asked for the last minute game to be held on the eve of the start of the tournament (June 10th) after a number of disappointing performances left many worried about how Japan may perform in South Africa.

The team has recently been beaten by Asian rivals South Korea, Serbia, England and the Ivory Coast in friendly matches and World Cup warm up games.

Japanese coach Takeshi Okada was keen for his squad to test their skills against an African side ahead of their opening game in the World Cup against Cameroon and while the team did not manage to score against Zimbabwe, a Sky Sports report said that they did control much of the game.

The squad had hoped to face Mozambique but the match was cancelled at the last minute.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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