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Soccer News of Tuesday, 28 August 2018


I will quit Aduana after Raja game – Kenichi

Barely two months after joining Aduana Stars, Japanese trainer, Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he will resign from his job at the Dormaa-based club after their last CAF Confederation Cup group match to be played away against Moroccan side, Raja Casablanca on Wednesday.

Reacting to management’s decision to take only 14 players to Morocco for their clash with Raja Casablanca, Coach Kenichi noted that he feared some unforeseen hands were influencing decisions behind his back and preferred to leave the club after guiding the players in their last Confederation Cup match.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports minutes before they left for Morocco this week, Kenichi stressed that he did not select the 14 players billed for the Raja Casablanca game adding the poor selection will worsen their already bad situation.

“We are going to play Raja Casablanca with 14 players which I did not select and I have no option than to go with them because I am not the one buying their plane ticket.

I am not happy about it at all because I cannot make changes when I want to and I discussed it with the leadership of the club but it appears they have already made up their minds. It is going to affect our performance. It is near impossible to win this match,” he stressed.

When asked whether he will search for a new club in Ghana, the 46-year-old trainer said: “I don’t know if I will get a new club. The agreement I had with Aduana Stars was just for the CAF Confederation Cup so I will leave after the last match. They promised to buy two tickets for me and my wife so we will leave after they fulfill that promise.”

Kenichi was appointed last May to replace Yusif Abubakar, who was fired for poor performance.

The Japanese trainer started work immediately after his appointment, supervising the team's training at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Park.

Aduana is Kenichi's third club in Ghana following brief stints with Accra Hearts of Oak and International Allies.

His first game was the CAF Confederation Cup clash against AS Vita Club played on Saturday, July 7, which Aduana won 2-1 but lost their penultimate group game 0-2 to ASEC Mimosas at home on Sunday, August 19.

Aduana currently are bottom of the table with just four points from three losses, a win and a draw.