April 2, 2018 / 3:00 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Coach Hori pays price for Urawa's poor start

HONG KONG, April 2 (Reuters) - Coach Takafumi Hori has been sacked by Urawa Red Diamonds just four months after leading the J.League club to the Asian Champions League title.

Hori, who was appointed last summer to replace Mihailo Petrovic, has overseen a dreadful start to the current campaign for Urawa, who have yet to win any of their opening five matches of the J.League season.

That run of results has left Urawa second from bottom of the 18-team top flight on just two points, 11 adrift of early leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Hori was at the helm as Urawa claimed the Asian Champions League — the club’s second in a decade — last November when they defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal over two legs.

The 50-year-old former midfielder was later named the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) coach of the year as a result of that triumph.

Urawa have announced Tsuyoshi Otsuki will replace Hori on an interim basis. (Reporting by Michael Church; Editing by John O’Brien)

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