Sports News of Saturday, 16 January 2016
Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has revealed ambitions of extending his current deal with the club, despite calls for his immediate dismissal.
The under-fire Japanese joined the Phobians in October on a two-year deal amid concerns about his lack of experience at top level, and has seen a run of disappointing results in pre-season throw his future in doubt.
“Not at this moment,” Kenichi told Sokkaa when asked if there were any other club in Ghana or on the continent he admired.
“I am contracted [to Hearts] for two years. I will think about it when the end of this two-year contract comes.
“Like I stated, every club in every country is my possible destination, including extending my current contract with Hearts of Oak. One thing I always do is, I am always trying to move up with my career.”
Hearts finished a place above the relegation zone on 13th position last season.
Currently in pre-season training ahead of the 2015-16 Ghana Premier League, Kenichi’s side lost 4-1 to Wafa, before suffering back-to-back 3-0 and 2-0 defeats to Libyan side Al Ahli Tripoli.
And having failed to progress beyond the group stage of the 2016 Ghalca G6 tournament, there has been incessant pressure on the Japanese to begin to show signs of an imminent revival or be shown the exit.
“They [fans] are passionate, so I have adjusted,” Kenichi remarked. “They are very supportive and are very critical at the same time. All supports and criticism motivate me.”
The 46-year-old has previously had stints with Qatar-based Aspire Academy, Suzuyo Shimizu – a Japanese professional women’ team – as well as Borough of Manhattan Community College in the USA.