Coach of newly-promoted side, Techiman City FC, Yusif Abubakar has refused to base on taking over the side less than 14 days to the start of the 2015/2016 Ghana Premier League as an excuse for the loss to Hasaacas.
The experienced trainer, who has had stints with Hearts of Oak, Medeama SC and Berekum Chelsea parted ways with the Kpando-based outfit after failing to escape relegation in the 2014/2015 First Capital Plus Premier League. He was linked with Nigerian club Ifeanyi Ubah but ended up with Techiman City on a 2-year deal.
“I wouldn’t use taking over the team last minute (before the season began) as an excuse for losing this match. Even after winning our first match, I still have a lot of things to do. This is a team that started actual preparations for the league on the 5th of this particular month (February) and we had only less than 2 weeks.
“Also when you look at the setup, about 90%, this is their first premiership. Some of them have never even tasted premier (league) so I wouldn’t want to use the time factor as an excuse [sic],” coach Abubakar told reporters after his side’s 4-2 loss to Sekondi Hasaacas on match day 2.
Coach Abubakar contends his side is a young team of inexperienced players but confident they will come good as the league progresses.
“All we want to say is that it is a young team of young players and if they are meeting players from Hasaacas, one of the old clubs in Ghana and have a lot of experienced players, we need to encourage the boys to go on and deliver in the next game” he added.
Hasaacas thrashed Techiman City 4-2 in the Ghana Premier league – a game in which Eric Bekoe announced his return to Ghana’s top flight with a brace for the victors.