With only a Facebook post, Coach Kenichi has become one of the most talked about people in the country. You might begin to wonder why. Accra Hearts of Oak Management are in rage against the club’s coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi over the ‘derogatory’ remarks he made on the Facebook social media platform, about the club’s management.
According to the sequence of events, there were spreading rumours (speculated to have originated from the club) that the Japanese coach asked for a raise (increment in salary) and refused his March salary for that reason. But in his bid to clear the rumours, Kenichi took his defence to another level, saying that players and coaches of the club have not been paid for several months, thus, his refusal to collect his salary.
The coach’s Facebook post simply implied that the silent payment of his salary without payments to his players and staff were calculated to silence him while the other suffer. This revelation by the 46 year-old attracted lots of mouth lashing from fans and the general public against the management of the club.
And of course, the ‘must-blow-it-out-of-proportion’ public were quick to draw conclusions that the team’s unfortunate elimination from the FA Cup had everything to do with the poor conditions of service. Among other things, the raging fans grossly criticized Hearts of Oak management for neglecting their subordinates.
Kenichi Snubbed A meeting With Management
The huge embarrassment brought about by the Kenichi’s Facebook culminated to the club’s strategic committee, summoning the Japanese Coach to a meeting yesterday (Monday), to address the issue. But the embattled Coach turned down the invitation and snubbed the meeting which was to be held at the club’s secretariat. According to reports, the meeting was to start at 1pm but by 3:30pm when the members had left he was still not present and his phone was also turned off.
This Crisis could escalate to something more serous as this could cause a rift between the club and their fans especially Japanese advocates. This is so because it might cause the latter to believe that despite their efforts of trooping to the stadium to support the club, their own people are being denied their rights.
While some are supporting the Japanese coach’s bold move, others are criticizing the coach for acting on ‘impulse’. Meanwhile, the Hearts of Oak Coach has not made any further statements.