Kenichi not going for Kotoko job

Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he is happy at the Accra-based club and has never sought to join rivals Asante Kotoko as reported in the local media.

The Phobians, who battled relegation last season, have been enjoying a brilliant campaign this term, with some reports suggesting the Japanese coach is being courted to take charge of the Porcupine Warriors.

“It is not true that I have been contacted by Kotoko.  Kotoko is one of two biggest football clubs in Ghana, and I respect them,” Yatsuhashi wrote on Facebook.

“However, my heart is with Accra Hearts of Oak. My motivation is Hearts supporters. As long as the supporters of Hearts support and trust me to guide our club to success, I will do and have always done my best.

“The road is a long, winding road. There are hills and rivers we must climb and swim, but I believe, together with our supporters, we can overcome any setback and difficulties we may face,” he added.

He also reveals his salary situation and explains why he rejected last month’s pay from his employers.

“First, my salaries were unpaid for two months – February 2016 and March 2016 – as of April 4, 2016 [and] I have a bank statement to back it up.

“My monthly salary is $2,000 per month and it has always been since I arrived here in Ghana, not less and not more. I have received the salaries for November 2015, December 2015, and January 2016 as of 4th of April 2016. I refused to accept my unpaid salaries and told them several times that they must pay our players and our assistant coaches first before they pay me.

“My refusal to accept the unpaid salaries has nothing to do with [rumours] that I am unhappy with how much my salary is.  It is untrue that I am refusing my unpaid salary because I want to raise my salary.

“I had a meeting with the board on April 3, and asked to pay our players and assistant coaches.  Since then, nevertheless, our players and assistant coaches have not been paid but the management tried to pay me.”

Hearts are second on the premier league log with 14 points, three behind leaders Wa All Stars but were knocked out of the FA Cup in round of 32 on penalties by Samatex on Saturday.

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