TOKYO - Japan coach Takeshi Okada is keen to subject his defenders to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's brute power by setting up a World Cup warm-up with Ivory Coast, local media reported on Saturday.
Japan would target the west African nation for a final sharpener before the World Cup in South Africa on June 4, the Nikkan Sports newspaper said, citing the coach.
"We want to play an African team before the World Cup starts," Okada was quoted as saying on the eve of Japan's East Asian championship clash with South Korea in Tokyo.
Okada wants his defenders to be ready when Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto'o comes calling in Japan's opening Group E game against Cameroon on June 14.
The Japan Football Association are also planning a tune-up against England in Austria on May 30.
The Japanese have never won a World Cup finals game on foreign soil and also face the Netherlands and Denmark in the group stages in South Africa.comments