Ghanaian Premier League side Asante Kotoko have mutually agreed to terminate the contract of Ugandan striker Opio George Abege, the club has confirmed.
“We would like to confirm the termination of the contract, on mutual consent, of George Abege. The striker was signed from Kariabongi Sharks of Kenya in July 2019.”
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” The club posted on their official twitter handle.
Abege joined Kotoko from Kenyan side Kariabongi Sharks after the striker impressed during a CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round qualifier between the two sides.
The 28-year-old signed a three-year contract with the club in July 2019, which would see him at the club until 2022. Kotoko was particularly impressed with the lanky striker’s great aerial abilities, predatory skills, and ball control.
However, Abege has failed to live up to the expectations and has been sacked just six months into his three-year contract.
The lanky striker was signed by Norwegian coach Kjetil Zachariassen but still managed to play just twice as the Ghanaian club failed to make either the CAF Champions League or the Confederations Cup group stages.
The former Maroons striker’s struggles continued under Johnson Smith’s era as caretaker Coach after the Norwegian was sacked. He also failed to improve under Maxwell Konadu who took charge of the club in December 2019.
According to Ghanaweb.com, Abege was heavily linked with a loan move from the Porcupine Warriors, but he lacked potential suitors, with the player also reluctant to go out on loan.
The striker has also been demanding up to six months of unpaid salary arrears, but the club was only willing to pay a three-month salary payoff which was rejected by the striker.