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Ex-Hearts of Oak coach Kenichi sets lofty target for Inter Allies

12:20 AM GMT+8 12/12/2017
Kenichi Yatsuhashi
The Japanese talks about his hopes for his latest club

New Inter Allies coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has set sights on spurring the side to a top four finish in the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.

Last month, the Japanese was named coach of the Eleven-Is-To-One, who narrowly avoided relegation last campaign as they finished only one place above the danger zone.

“I am more excited about landing this deal and I can’t wait to get on the pitch," Kenichi told Daily Graphic.

"I think we have a good chance to be in top four next season. 

"I don’t think we will be fighting to escape from relegation because my target is to finish in the top four. 

"My job is to develop the players and the entire team because when that happens, it will improve our chances of winning more matches."

A former coach of Hearts of Oak, Kenichi is nowhere new to the local terrain.

It is barely two years since he parted ways with the Phobians.

"Having a firsthand experience about Ghana and coming back to coach Inter Allies is a great opportunity for me because I made a few mistakes while I was here," said, the 47-year-old.

"But now, I am more matured and I believe that my experience will benefit the club a lot.

Kenichi has also had stints with Qatar-based Aspire Academy, Suzuyo Shimizu - a Japanese professional women team - as well as Borough of Manhattan Community College in the USA.

Earlier this year, he was in charge of Cambodian side Cambodian Tiger FC, following a brief spell with Nigerian club Ifeanyi Ubah in 2016.