FEATURE: Aduana Stars experience failure like never before Featured
30 Aug

FEATURE: Aduana Stars experience failure like never before

Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars experienced their the worst night in club football after their 6-0 humiliation defeat to Moroccan side Raja Casablanca.


Everything is silent in Dormaa; the club owner, the players, the coach, everything remains still, thus, supporters of the club were found in an extreme anguish.


Probably, they were dispirited after Ivorian club Asec Mimosa ended their club's Confederation Cup dream in front of them.


Agitations emerged between the playing body and the furious fans, leading to the smack of a supporter by the Dormaa-based club captain, Yahaya Mohammed.


A team that converted into one of the best defensive sides in the world, after breaking the all-time record set by Turkish giant Trabzonspor as fewest scoring side in the 2009/10 Ghana Premier League, setting a world record for least productive champions with 19 goals in 30 matches, cancelling the previous 25 goals.


However, it have been left in the dark in absolute embarrassment for their 2018 Africa campaign.


Despite their good form in the Ghanaian top flight last year, the Dormaa boys have been eliminated from this year's CAF Confederations Cup after they were booted out in the first round of the Champions League due to their lackluster display against fellow North Africans, ES Serif.


The "Fire Boys" might be unperturbed about their failure, nonetheless, they will be strongly concern with the heaviest defeat they had suffered in Morocco on Wednesday evening.


Nothing can console this painful and heart wrenching defeat, not even the reports that the players battled with food poisoning ahead of the match. Or the supposed supporters turning around to bet on their opponent to win at the expense of their club.


Failing to reach the quarter finals of the Confederation Cup is an absolute disgrace to a team that possesses some of the best players in Africa including the Ghana national team goalkeeper, Joseph Addo.


But the reality is that there were some wrangling under raps of the playing body when the Japanese trainer Kenichi Yatshuatshi stripped off the captaincy from Joseph Addo to Yahaya Mohammed before their 2-1 win against AS Vital clash in Dormaa.


The players might have suffered from the undue number of matches they played in the domestic league and the current football impasse in the country.


However, that was not only the case. Instead, the Dormaa boys ended their Africa campaign in a night of terrified horror due to indecisions by the management team


Was it right to sack Yusif Abubakar after the first two games of the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup? That could have been a huge factor, candidly the remote one, to their failure.


The stage that Aduana Stars had reached in the continental competition should have drawn the attention of the management of the club to maintain the crust of the team but chose to sacrifice Abubakar Yussif for Kenichi Yatshuashi.


Kenichi Yatshuashi won his first game for the club against AS Vita few days after taking up the mantle but the question is, what changes did it bring afterwards? Three loses on a trot for the club.


Kenichi Yatshuashi failed to add anything special to the team in Africa unlike Coach Yussif who won the domestic league with the team and gave glimpses of good showing in their game against Asec Mimosa in Cote D'Ivoire and RAJA Casablanca at Dormaa.


But Abubakar Yusif was booted out which was the beginning of their failure. Aduana needed a proven and serial winner if they decided to sack Coach Abubakar Yusif and not for Yatshuashi Kenichi.



By: Opoku Augustus

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