Kenichi faces first test as Aduana host AS Vita Club

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Kenichi Yatsuhashi has had just a few days to train with Aduana players

Newly-recruited Aduana Stars coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi faces his first test on Wednesday, July 18, when he leads the team to face Congolese side, AS Vita Club in their CAF Confederation Cup group tie at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park at Dormaa-Ahenkro.

Kenichi, who joined the Ghana champions barely a week ago, having given up his role at Tema-based Inter Allies, has less than one week to prepare the team for the all-important encounter. Despite the disadvantage of taking charge of the team just days ahead of their continental assignment, the Japanese trainer will need to employ all the tactics available to turn around the fortunes of Aduana who are last on their group log with just one point from two games.

Being his first assignment, the 49-year-old Kenichi is expected to be on the technical bench to guide the ‘Ogya’ boys in reviving their campaign against group A leaders Vita Club. Aduana have just a point after two games, having lost 0-1 to Ivorian side, ASEC Mimosas in their opening group clash and drew 3-3 with Raja Casablanca at home in May.  

Kenichi is likely to line up players such as goalkeeper Joseph Addo, skipper Emmanuel Akuoku, Striker Derrick Sasraku, Tijani Ahmed, Farouk Adams, Caleb Amankwaa, Anokye Badu, Emmanuel Boateng, Sam Adams Elvis Opoku, Noah Martey, Nathaniel Asamoah and Bright Agyei to do the job for him.

Meanwhile, AS Vita have named a 19-man squad ahead of their trip to Ghana. The Congolese side, who are due in Ghana today, took to their Twitter handle last Saturday, July 14 name their team, comprising goalkeeper Nelson Lukong, defender Djuma Shabani, Yannick Bangala, Makwekwe Kupa,Ngonda Muzinga, Lumaba Ngoma and Oumar Sidibe.

Moroccan side, Raja Casablanca will host Asec Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire in the other Group A game at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca on Wednesday, July 18.