Preko: I won’t join Kenichi at Aduana

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Yaw Preko wants to concentrate on his work with the Black Starlets

The acting head coach of International Allies, Yaw Preko, says he has no plans to follow his former boss and friend, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, to Aduana Stars.

The two coaches first worked together during the 2015/2016 league season when Kenichi was appointed as the head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak and they have since enjoyed a great working relationship which continued to Nigerian Premier side, Ifeanyi Ubah, and Inter Allies.

However, Preko, who doubles as the assistant coach of the national Under-17 team, Black Starlets told Graphic Sports Online on Friday, July 13 that he would concentrate on his work at the national level and Inter Allies rather than joining the Dormaa-based club.

“He is a very good friend and we have been loyal to each other since 2015, but I have no plans to follow him to Dormaa. I met him at Hearts of Oak and we have a very good working relationship, that was why I invited him to join me in Nigeria when I got the deal at Ifeanyi Ubah and I also recommended him to the management of Inter Allies, where we worked together till he resigned last week,” Preko said.

“Technically, he is very good and I believe he will do well at Aduana Stars, however, they have to be very patient with him to enable him deliver his best,” he added.

The management of Aduana Stars on Thursday confirmed Kenichi the as the replacement for Yusif Abubakari, who won the club’s second Premier League title last season.

The Japanese trainer joined Aduana Stars just a week after mutually ending his contract with Inter Allies and he is expected to guide the team as they prepare to take on Vita Club of DR Congo in their CAF Confederation Cup game to be staged in Dormaa-Ahenkro on Wednesday, July 18.

Aduana are currently bottom in their group with just one point gained from their 3-3 draw against Raja Casablanca of Morocco in their last outing at Dormaa-Ahenkro on May 16. Vita Club lead the table with four points, while ASEC Mimosas and Raja follow in that order with three and two points respectively.