Japanese coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi on how former Ghanaian assistant saved him from being killed in Nigeria

Published on: 17 March 2021

Japanese coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has recounted how his former assistant Yaw Preko save him from being killed during his stay in Nigeria.

After he parted with the Ghana Premier League side on mutual grounds in 2015, Kenichi was appointed as the head coach of Ifeanyi Ubah in 2016.

Due to his relationship with Preko, who is a former Ghana international, the Japanese named Preko as his assistant coach.

Details of happenings during Yatsuhashi’s stay at the Nigerian club are unknown, however, according to the 52-year old, but for the timely intervention of Preko, he would have died in the West African Country without anyone knowing.

“I can’t tell you everything, Bottom line, it was my assistant coach at Hearts of Oak who asked me to come with him,” Kenichi told footballvsoblivion.

“He was offered an assistant coaching role, on the condition that I would be the head coach, because of the success we’d had at Hearts of Oak in Ghana.

“Myself and Yaw Preko, my assistant coach at that time, felt that it was a matter of life or death, seriously, for me to get out of the country and be safe,” He continued.

“I can’t really elaborate more than that, but, if it wasn’t for him coming between me and many people, I would have been dead with anyone even knowing.”

The Japanese trainer now plys his trade in India where is the current head coach of Lonestar Kashmir, however, Yaw Preko is also the head coach of Ghana Premier League side, Medeama SC.