…As Kenichi takes blame for loss

Accra Hearts of Oak’s Japanese coach, Kenichi Yatsuhatsi has accepted that the two early goals by All Stars unsettled his side and failed to motivate them back into the game.

But I am taking the responsibility for the defeat. My boys failed to live up to expectation and crushed to a more superior and determined side. We hope to be back stronger in our next game, Yatushatsi said in his post match press conference.

All Stars handed Hearts of Oak their third straight defeat at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash which deeply hurt the Phobian pride.

According to the Japanese-American trainer, the two early goals were the fault of his players who, he said, did not play well in the first half of the game.

“We did not play well in the first half and the early two goals disturbed us so much that we found it difficult to come back in the game.

The fans got frustrated after the first goal, the same situation with the playing body. I was frustrated as well. I should have done something to calm the team down but I had it all wrong,” he added.

The Japanese trainer, however, refused to be drawn on the debate about the referee’s decision to allow the opening goal, stating that he was the man in the centre and nearer to the action.

Kenichi said the team needs to work harder to avoid such defeat in their subsequent matches, adding that, We have a lot of work to do, especially at the defense, but we need to develop as a team. We cannot deal with one aspect and suffer on the other side, he added.

He was full of praise for the opponents, Wa All Stars, for playing so well to carry the day, noting that they are the best team he has seen in the Premier League.

They were tactically disciplined, strong and well determined to carry the day and they succeeded in doing that by winning the game in the first half.

By Albert Agyeman

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