The technical director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenteng, has denied reports he had a hand in the appointment of new Hearts of Oak Japanese coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi.
The management of the Accra-based side have come under huge criticism for their choice of coach, with many questioning the qualities and credentials of the Japanese, whose previous highest jobs were a youth trainer post at the Aspire Academy and coach of Suzuyo Shimizu, a Japanese professional women’s team.
“With this issue [of my involvement in the appointment of Kenichi], I don’t even want to talk about it because the more you talk about it, the more people think it’s true,” Akenteng told Ghana Sports newspaper.
“It is true they [Hearts] contacted me that they wanted to choose a coach so I should help them, and I gave them my consent. But I didn’t recommend the Japanese coach for them.
“Ask them if I even came for any of their meetings when they were selecting the coach.
“I never came to their meeting. They only contacted me on the phone to tell me their intention, that’s all. I never heard from them again.”
The coach’s appointment has left many lamenting, including fans and past players of the club.
Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, who represented the club between 1995 and 1997, is the latest to have registered his displeasure.
Kenichi has, however, begun work after signing a two-year contract, and has promised to win two titles in his first season.