Monday Dec 14, 2020. 09:00
Bashir Hayford, the coach of Ghana Premier League (GPL) club Legon Cities, has explained that veteran striker Asamoah Gyan is struggling to find form.
The 35-year-old returned to the GPL for the first time in 17 years when he signed with Legon Cities last month, but the move has not gone well thus far.
Gyan was anonymous again in a substitute appearance this past Friday when Cities slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Asante Kotoko.
Hayford admits concern over the striker’s form but insists that he can still make a huge impact.
“Asamoah Gyan if he even has 50 percent of his form, it wouldn’t have been a problem but his form is completely down… We have to work on him,” Hayford said at the post-match press conference, as quoted by Football Ghana.
“If he picks up 50 percent of his performance he will make the difference.”
The Royals are winless so far this season, with the coach identifying a lack of firepower upfront as their key weakness.
“Yes, we could have won it [against Kotoko] because we squandered some begging chances that we could have buried it,” Hayford added.
“This is the fifth game and we have not even converted one ball into the net.
“That is what I identified immediately I entered into the team…I told them we don’t have finishers. So we are working on that.
“Goal scoring is an art and it’s all about pushing the confidence of goalscoring into them and it is not easy. It is not one week, it is not two weeks. Well, we shall overcome.”