Former Accra Hearts of Oak defender, Dan Quaye is still livid over the decision by the Strategic Committee of Accra Hearts of Oak to part ways with Japanese-born American tactician, Kenichi Yatsuhatchi, describing it as an error that could still cost the Phobians their title ambitions.
He argued that Coach Kenichi in spite of his problems was still the best man for the Phobian, technical job because of what he brought on the table.
“We all saw that the current Phobian outfit did not boast of the best of players when the season kicked off yet his emphasis on fitness did the trick for the team.
“For me, Hearts are on top of the league because of what Kenichi brought in terms of fitness,” he contended.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports last Wednesday at the Accra Sports Stadium, Quaye retorted “What has this new coach (Sergio Traguil) added to Hearts since the departure of Kenichi?”
I believe if Kenichi was still around and had the likes of Inusah Musah, Patrick Razak and Samudeen Ibrahim, who were not available during the first round, things would have been better.”
He said management could have engaged the coach when he informed them of his decision to take a five-week leave to pursue a compelling personal development agenda, rather than allowing him to leave.
Now Hearts are the losers, particularly in terms of patronage because when he was around the stadium was always full with the Japanese Community coming to support him in their numbers,” he lamented.
However, the veteran player was confident that the Phobians with hard work could win the league for the first time in several seasons.
“But things could have been better for them had they signed some experienced players particularly in the defence,” he added.