Football: Struggling Japan sack coach

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Japan have sacked their coach Shu Kamo after drawing 1-1 with Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier in Almaty. Kamo's assistant Takeshi Okada will take charge of the side for their next match in Uzbekistan on Saturday.

Japan, who will jointly stage the 2002 World Cup with South Korea, have only an outside chance of reaching the French finals after taking only five points from four matches. South Korea lead the group with 12 points.

An equaliser by Derby's Deon Burton gave Jamaica a 1-1 draw with the United States before a crowd of 51,525 at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC to keep them top of their qualifying group. Eric Wynalda scored for the States, who are in third place.