Soccer-Ghana player tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A player on Ghana's Under-24 team has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Japan for a friendly match, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Thursday.

The player had been isolated from the rest of the squad and staff, who are themselves isolated at a designated facility, the JFA said in a statement.

The news comes just two days after the JFA cancelled a friendly match against Jamaica as 10 of their players were unable to board a flight to Japan due to coronavirus testing issues.

Japan is battling a fourth wave of COVID-19 just 50 days before the scheduled start of the 2020 Olympic Games, with Tokyo and other regions under a state of emergency until June 20.

The Ghana team arrived late on Wednesday for the friendly against Japan's U24 team in the southern city of Fukuoka.

The team would need health clearance before the match can go ahead as planned on Saturday, the JFA said, adding that it would provide an update when more information was available.

The Ghana squad had left their destination with proof of negative COVID-19 tests within 72 hours of their departure as mandated, the JFA said.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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