Ghanaian society kills players' potential – Kenichi



Sports News of Friday, 15 January 2016

Source: sportscrusader.com

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Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has said that Ghana has a lot of talents with potential to reach the peak of their career, but the society in which they find themselves has caged that.

Ghana is well known for producing great footballers, right from juvenile to senior football as the country has won two U-17 World titles, one U-20 World cup and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics Games.

Notable among names who made football fans glue to their seats with dazzling display at the tender age includes Nii Ordatey Lamptey, who World Pele told the world he is his successor, and Dominic Adiyiah who flashed with the speed of light but dropped like a sack of shea nuts.

However, other players broke the shield at an early age of their career and played at the highest players like; Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, and Sammy Osei Kuffour.

Of late, youngsters who have been touted as players with potential at yet to make the grade among the elites of the game.

And coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi who was a talent development coach before he took up his first major coaching role at Accra Hearts of Oak blames the society for players inability to reach their potential.

“Ghana has many talented players because of the environment,” Kenichi is quoted by Sokka.

“[However] the society is preventing them from developing top talents to be their best during the transition periods from U14 to senior professionals,” He noted.

The former Aspire Academy talents development coach is optimistic that all is not gloomy.

“USA and Japan or many other countries have different strength and weakness. Having said that, Ghana is an outstanding football country with an outstanding potential.”

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