Asamoah Gyan will mark his return to the Ghana Premier League with a new manager after the club parted ways with Bosnian-German coach Goran Barjaktarevic.
The Accra-based team have announced the development after days of media speculation about the coach’s future following the club’s disappointing 3-0 loss to the Great Olympics of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) on Friday.
The Royals have drawn one and lost one of two league games so far. However, Gyan has yet to appear with the team due to fitness issues following his October signing.
“Legon Cities announce that coach Goran Barjaktarevic has left the club with immediate effect,” Cities announced in a statement.
“The club would like to thank Goran for his services during his time at Legon Cities FC and wish him success in the future.
“A new manager will be announced in the next few days.”
Barjaktarevic joined Cities ahead of the 2019-20 GPL season, which eventually ended midway through the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
His team struggled throughout the season with an early battle with relegation, eventually finding just one point and one spot above the drop zone after Matchday 15 when the championship was cut short.
This season, the Royals’ fortunes have been no different as they settled for a 1-1 draw at home with Berekum Chelsea in their first league game before falling in the Olympics on Friday.
Once Wonders coach Ignatius Osei Fosu, former Ghana and Cameroon assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko, and former Asante Kotoko coach Bashir Hayford have been linked to the vacant position at Cities.
So far the club has had to forego the signing of Gyan following his return to national club football for the first time in 17 years.
After leaving Liberty Professionals for Italian Udinese in 2003, the 35-year-old has gone on to represent such players as Sunderland, Kayserispor, Al Ain, Shainghai SIPG, Al Ahli Dubai and the Indian Super League team NorthEast United.
He is currently Ghana’s all-time top scorer and the most capped player, having scored 51 times in 109 international matches. The forward also currently stands as Africa’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup after hitting six goals (in all tournaments) during the 2014 event in Brazil.