FC Ifeanyi Ubah part ways with Kenichi Yatsuhashi

The Japanese manager joined the Anambra Warriors just last month but has been shown the exit doors following the side's poor results in the pre-season

Former Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has been sacked by his new Nigerian employers FC Ifeanyi Ubah, just one month in charge of the club.

The 47-year-old signed a one-year deal with an option for extension after replacing Brazilian Rafael Everton, but the club performed miserably in the pre-season.

Kenichi was tasked to win the local league and qualify the club to the group stages of the Caf Confederations Cup but he suffered two defeats in the NPFL Super 4, losing 2-1 to Wikki Tourists in the opening game, and 2-0 against 10-man River United last weekend, prompting the top hierarchy to terminate his contract.

According to reports, the players complained that Kenichi's training were too physical with less tactical approach.

"We feel like the best way to change things going forward for the team is to make a change in this role," a source close to the club was quoted as saying by Ghanaweb.

"While we're confident that we have many of the pieces in place to improve and will see improvement, we felt that, in order to continue to push forward and make improvements, we needed to make a change and have a different voice as the head of the technical crew," the source added.

Assistant coach Yaw Preko has taken over as the interim coach until a new manager is appointed.

Goal understands that Kenichi was escorted by security men to the airport on Monday before he departed Nigeria to his base in Japan.