It is no easy task in taking a decision to allow your coach be absent from the bench for five matches (Dreams FC, Liberty, Aduana, Hasaacas and Chelsea) or to mutually terminate his contract . The rainbow family however decided to let go of Japanese American gaffer under whose tutulege Hearts of Oak placed 4th , 2 points off leaders WA All stars . He came under a barage of criticism after the GHALCA G6 tournament for a poor showing with some connoisseurs calling for his head. The first thing the fitness trainer did was to take his players through some fitness training as he discovered they did not have the lungs to play for 90 minutes . This paid off as his side performed really well in the second half of most of the games played under him .
Under his watch, Kenichi won 7 matches , drew 5 and lost three of which one was against their bitter rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko right under their noses.
Under him , his biggest achivement was his ability to attract fans of the club to rally behind the club in the stadias wherever they played rather than behind their radio sets or TV sets .
What is quite frustrating was their blistering form away from home where despite the impressive form of teams like Medeama and Berekum Chelsea at home Kenichi’s side ensured they tasted defeat.
Perhaps his best match ( again away) was against Inter allies where they came down from a two goal deficit to win by three goals to two .
His relationship however with the board came under the microscope as it was alleged he had a frosty relationship with them. Hes been accused of refusing to submit technical reports , charging out of meetings angry when those meetings were half done and sometimes using some language best reserved for the streets .
Then enters Sergio Daniel Moniz Traguil appointed initially as the head of its junior teams (Auroras (U20) and Royals Oaks (U 17) ) . He was to be responsible also for scouting and provide technical support to the main team. Many argued this agreement did not make economic sense at it was claimed he will be walking to the bank each month to cash $3500 when Kenichi bagged in $1800.
A few days later , off goes Kenichi from the senior team then enters (promoted from the junior team before he could start) Traguil, a mere coincidence or a planned out raid ?
Kenichi had initially said he planned out his year and was going to take a course in India lasting 25 days (five matches) and he had factored in the plan that the league would have been over by the ending of June . ( if the league has started as scheduled) .Kenichi was unwilling to abandon his plans and it was decision time for the clubs management.
The new gaffer at his unveiling said that “ I think pressure don’t exist in football in my opinion, I am doing the job that I love so how can I be under pressure, I was born for this,” He further reiterated I’m mourinho style that “Pressure is when the month is coming to an end and you realized you don’t have anything to give your children and family, for me that is pressure.”
Finally he concluded by saying “I am here to try my best, whether the youth teams or the main team, I will do my best and get the club to a respectable place.”
Easier said than done ? His first game comes against Dreams FC at home and he will surely want to start on the right pedal after their last encounter ended in a draw.
The management and fans of the continental club masters will be hoping Traguil will walk the talk and put Hearts of Oak into the form they were in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Is Traguil the man for the job? Your guess is as good as mine