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Al Ain coach Olaroiu tips Asamoah Gyan to fire club to success

Published on: 12 February 2013

Al Ain coach Cosmin Olaroiu has tipped Asamoah Gyan to redouble his efforts for the club after returning from an understated performance with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Black Stars lost the third-place play-off with Mali 3-1 on Saturday, having suffered a 3-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Burkino Faso in the semi-final last week.

Captain Gyan, 27, scored just once in a 3-0 group phase win over Niger as he seemed starved of the usual support heaped upon him at club level.

He is six goals off equalling his own top scorer’s tally of 27 goals in all domestic competitions this season, giving him a total of 48 goals in 38 appearances since joining Al Ain from English club Sunderland.

Despite failing to make as big an impact for his national team, with whom he has scored 31 goals in 68 appearances, Al Ain coach Olaroiu has encouraged Gyan to throw himself back into club competition.

“I think his field is here,” said Olaroiu after Al Ain beat Bani Yas 2-1 — without Gyan’s services — in the quarter-final of the President’s Cup at Al Wasl’s Zabeel Stadium on Sunday.

“The way he plays with this team [Al Ain] and these players is different to how he plays with Ghana.”

After returning from last year’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, where Ghana also finished fourth and Gyan also scored only once, he returned to net the second in a 2-0 win over Dubai Club. And Olaroiu is hoping for a repeat this year as the club heads into the AFC Champions League group stage, which starts on February 27.

Olaroiu said: “Last year he came after the competition and immediately he played [well] against Dubai Club. Now he has [another] great chance to play with us — to show the real Asamoah Gyan.”

Asked to rate Gyan’s latest African Nations campaign, Olaroiu said: “I don’t have to evaluate his performance with Ghana. It’s [his performance] with us that’s my problem.

“They play a different way, they have different players. I know this, I saw this and I spoke to him about it. He plays different there. But we have to judge him for what he does here, not there, they are different circumstances.”

At this stage of the President’s Cup last year, Al Ain lost to Bani Yas 1-0 as Gyan was away. However, they have lessened their dependence on the talisman this year and recorded a 2-1 win this time around.

Jires Kembo Ekoko assisted twice, setting up Ali Al Wahaibi and Alex Brosque, to down Bani Yas, for whom Mohammad Aboutrika’s debut goal was not enough.


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  • Kwame says:
    February 12, 2013 02:43 am
    Oh yeah, he's a regular Messi all right. Or maybe he's just playing in a sup-par league. In case anyone was wondering, we have a goal king from a European league (Waris) who didn't even get called into the squad. All I can do is shake my head. I never wanted to believe the accusations of corruption against the GFA, I can come up with no other reason for the selection of this team, other than incompetence. God have mercy on us all.
  • Riquelme says:
    February 12, 2013 05:10 am
    @kwame... Waris has also made a mistake in joining spartak moscow, can he relegate the brazillian striker called Wellington and the new African Goal king in the person of Emmanuel Emenike to the bench?
  • Troy says:
    February 12, 2013 06:57 am
    @Requelme just 4goals and u call Goal King? Wasn't Emenike there? Before they bought Warris? So shuush Requelme. If Emenike is that good they wouldn't have signed Warris.
  • Kwaku Tee says:
    February 12, 2013 08:29 am
    This guy should leave UAE and go to Europe to get his form back or just retire from the BS and make his money.But I can assure him he will not continue to make the headline in the next 18months if he stays in the UAE,and knowing how the Arabs are they will quickly discard him.He should look at Essien even after so many injuries he's now getting to his old form bcos he plays with the best and in the best league.
  • Riquelme says:
    February 12, 2013 09:05 am
    @Troy... O.k let's wait and see. Hopefully they can even be paired together.
  • NIGERIAN says:
    February 12, 2013 10:28 am
    TROY, how can you compare wadis with EMENIKE at spartan Moscow? Do you know how Good EMENIKE is over there? He is their highest goal getter if you don't know so go And sit down BLACK BUFFON
  • D LIGHT says:
    February 12, 2013 11:00 am
    Emmanuel Emenike is the No. 1 striker for spartak. His strength, power & Stamina puts him a bit ahead of wellington whose game is more based on Finesse , Skills & Style rada than the preferable Firepower. Wellington is the Mesmerizer (10) as Emenike is the Executioner (9). WARIS can learn from these lads as Competition is the catalyst to Stardomness. Emenike's Aggression with Wellington's Dexterity together with his enviable Finishing wld make him Great!!! My only worry is the coach who signed him, Unai Emery has been sacked. I pray the New coach falls in luv wit his talent...
  • Kwame says:
    February 12, 2013 02:45 pm
    Riquleme, if Waris made a mistake joining Spartak, then what was Gyan's decision to join Al-Ain? The major point that I should have made is that in all the years he spent in Europe, Gyan's career high in goals was 13 at Rennes. We have players like Waris who are scoring goals for fun against much better competition and they don't even get a look. If Dede retired indefinitely from the squad, he would be crucified by Ghanaian media. Gyan, on the other hand, was coddled and then made captain by Appiah. He's a head case who won't even take penalties. Instead, we had defenders taking them at the most crucial time. While living in California, I used to wake up early (sometimes four or five in the morning) every week to watch him play at Sunderland, hoping it was the start of an even brighter future. Sadly, it was only the case for his bank account. Please, don't think I am trying to insult him. I respect everybody's hustle. I just care about my country and I want to see the best players playing in international tournaments and it makes me question the integrity of this website when I read articles like this. Do they report on any other players in obscure leagues, and if so, why? This tournament was a true disgrace. If it wasn't for dodgy penalty calls, who knows where we might have been. Congratulations to our brothers in Nigeria. Hopefully we'll get to have that feeling soon as well.
  • Chu says:
    February 12, 2013 05:59 pm
    Boakye Yiadom is the next striker for gh. for i dont see underfire kwasi start him against sudan. derek should say adios