TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan have lined up an extra match on the eve of the World Cup to make some late tweaks after an alarming run of form in the build-up to the finals.
Japan slumped to their fourth defeat in a row against Ivory Coast last Friday and coach Takeshi Okada has penciled in a game at their World Cup base before the tournament begins on June 11.
"We have asked for a practice game and I think it will be okay," Okada told Japanese reporters before leaving their Swiss training camp for their South African base in George.
"We are looking at playing a national side," added Okada, whose Blue Samurai face Cameroon in their Group E opener on June 14. "If that can't happen we will look at some local team."
Japan, who have never won a World Cup game on foreign soil, also play the Netherlands and Denmark in the first round.
(Reporting by Alastair Himmer. Editing by Jon Bramley)