Kenichi focused on restoring Hearts of Oak glory

Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi is refusing to get carried away by his club’s recent good showing in pre-season ahead of the 2015-16 Ghana Premier League kicking off on Saturday.

Following an uninspiring start to his reign, the Japanese, who was controversially appointed last October on a two-year deal, has guided the side to victories over Nigerian side Ifeanyi Ubah, Swedru Professionals and Dreams FC in recent friendlies, in addition to a 1-1 stalemate with Inter Allies.

“I’m not thinking about the outside world and all their negative talks,” Kenichi told the club’s official newspaper.

“My work is clearly defined and I’m focused on achieving just that to make my team credible and the fans happy and to justify the confidence reposed in me by the club’s heads. I’m desperate to turn things around.

“I always get asked the same questions. The fans don’t want words, though. All we can do is start winning games and I only want to focus on football.”

The 46-year-old has an uphill task at hand in bringing the Accra-based outfit back to winning ways following a disappointing showing last season when they finished 13th after flirting with relegation for the most part.

The Phobians wrapped up preparations for the new season with a 2-1 friendly win over Dreams FC last Sunday, and are set to face New Edubiase at the Accra Sports Stadium in their league opener.

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