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Vita Club, a test that could turn newcomer coach Kenichi into a superstar

15:32 BST 17/07/2018
Kenichi Yatsuhashi
The Fire Boys welcome the Black Dolphins under new leadership but can the Japanese coach turn around their campaign with a victory?

“I've arrived in Dormaa [Ahenkro] and started the first training with Aduana Stars FC today but it was a very difficult journey because of the very long flight,” tweeted by a joyful Kenichi Yatsuhashi moments after signing his contract.

Obviously, this is the beginning of a new era and although, the Japanese may be the same person in several ways, everything around him is definitely changing. His composure and confidence seem to be on the high. 

After the club's decision to replace Yussif Abubakar with Kenichi, the latter's first assignment will not be in the Ghana Premier League as it were the cases at Hearts of Oak and Inter Allies, but of course, Caf Confederation Cup and against Group A leaders AS Vita Club from Congo.

This isn't a game many coaches would relish to begin a new era with, except only the brave ones. A win and nothing else at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park is the ultimate goal for Kenichi since they're sitting bottom on the log with only a point after two games.

Now, the chasing pack cannot afford any slip-ups again and taking that into account, Kenichi is expected to break from his defensive tradition deployed at all his previous club's and send his team out with an attacking mindset on Wednesday. 

Although, Aduana's readiness for the game has become a concern, since they've been practically without high-profile games over a month now following the indefinite ban on the Ghana Premier League, a carefully selected first XI can make the Japanese a hero, if he defies all odds to hand the club their first win at this stage.

It is an open secret that no matter how impressive a coach's credentials are, his side's success relies most heavily on team work and with a team that conceded three goals in their last home game against Raja Casablanca, a lot is required this time.

One thing very remarkable about Aduana's supporters is how critical they are with the kind of game their side play but with a win badly needed and Kenichi having limited time to get his pieces together, any form of victory will calm nerves, even if it is from an ugly game plan.

According to striker Bright Adjei, the change in technical direction won't affect them since they're quickly getting along with Kenichi's directions.

“It [change of coach] is the decision of the club. We the players are professionals and ours is to give our best to the club," Adjei told Solid FM.

“We are trying to adjust to Kenichi Yatsuhashi's tactics and style very quickly. He is different from Yusif Abubakar but that won't affect us against Vita Club,” he added.

Aduana could go top of the log with a win, if Raja share the spoils with Asec Mimosas in the other game.