By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Former Bayern Munich Manager, Hansi Flick, has been removed as head coach of the German national team by the country football governing body, DFB.
His sack came barely 24 hours after 1-4 embarrassing defeat to Japan in a friendly match played on Saturday, 9 September, 2023.
The match, held at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, saw Junya Ito break the deadlock for Japan with an 11th-minute goal.
However, Germany equalised when Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sane managed to score what proved to be the the only goal for the home side.
Ayase Ueda restored lead again for the visitors and the match neared its conclusion, the duo Takuma Asano and Ao Tanaka added two more goals to finally put the match beyond redemption by the host.
This loss at their home turf marked Germany’s fourth defeat in their last five matches, and this was seen their most substantial setback since their 6-0 loss to Spain in the Nations League back in 2020.
Since taking over from Joachim Low in August 2021, Hansi Flick, has managed to win just 12 times out of 25 matches in charge.
This was not the first time Germany suffered defeat in the hands of Asian football giants, Japan.
They also suffered a 2-1 loss to Japan during the 2022 World Cup, failing to advance from their group stage.
In their last 12 fixtures, the national team won only three times: against Oman, Costa Rica, and Peru.