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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan's winner send Al Ain to President's Cup final

Published on: 30 January 2014
Asamoah Gyan scored the winner for Al Ain late in the game

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan ended his rare goal drought in the UAE top-flight on Thursday night when he headed in the winner to steer Al Ain to the final of the President's Cup.

Al Nasr’s 25-year wait for a silverware is set to continue as Al Ain beat the Dubai club 2-1 to reach their first President’s Cup final in five years.

Al Ain, who won the last of their five President’s Cup titles in 2008/09, led until the 83rd minute of the game, thanks to an own goal by Rashed Malallah.

And three minutes after Brett Holman equalised for Nasr, Asamoah Gyan came to the fore, heading in the winner to take his team into the final.

Al Ain will now meet defending champions Al Ahli for the title in May, with the match expected to add another chapter to their bitter rivalry.

Al Ahli defeated Al Dhafra in the other semi-final, 2-1.

Ahli had knocked them out at the semi-final stage last year and look set to take their Arabian Gulf League title this season.

The parity, however, lasted only three minutes as Gyan rose high over the Nasr defence to head in Ahmed Abdullah’s cross.


  • anokwale says:
    January 31, 2014 05:45 am
    What I would say is that he is a competitor who can be great some days and horrible on others. His energy is necessary for the Black Stars to go far.
  • Nana Kwaku says:
    January 31, 2014 02:05 am
    I don't kno what you guyz r talkn about.... Are talking about the same guys who played & scores several goals in Serie A, French league, EPL & the WORLD CUP most of all???? Asamoah Gyan doesn't have to prove a damn thing to anyone. ..... he's happy & taking care of family.... Good enough 4 me. ...
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 31, 2014 01:56 am
    Mr baby jet. Your legend in uae forever grows.
  • OGYA says:
    January 30, 2014 10:52 pm
    No matter what Asamoah Gyan does in that 10th division league in UAE, he will never be considered as an elite player. Infact he is going to be an after thought the moment he retires.
  • POW@Brazil b3y3 huhuu hu says:
    January 30, 2014 11:02 pm
    Money first, Black Stars second. If I were in Gyan's shoes, I'll do de saaaaaannnne tiiiin.
  • POW@Brazil b3y3 huhuu hu says:
    January 30, 2014 11:06 pm
    You lie bad, Gyan will always be remembered for his heroics in world cup 2006 and even 2010 including his penalty miss. Can't wait to see what he'll add to his resume in Brazil 2014. Go Gyan go.
  • allese says:
    January 30, 2014 09:46 pm
    He get to decide between money and returning to Europe after world cup.asamoah is good but am still shaky abt his effetiveness considering where he play.
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    January 31, 2014 12:44 pm
    Quite frankly I'm disappointed in him, he could have stayed in the EPL and have an awesome wages there too. Or do you think those EPL stars are starving on the streets? What's even worse is he thinks he can beat world class opposition in Brazil by playing on high school level every day. Yes he scored alot for the BS these days, but we only faced teams significantly weaker than us, scoring against Brazil, Spain, Germany etc is a whole different ball game than scoring against Egypt, Zambia, Lesotho and so forth. He should have taken the opportunity to move back to EPL this January transfer.
  • OGYA says:
    January 31, 2014 11:16 am
    We all can't wait, He will add a flop to his resume.
  • OGYA says:
    January 31, 2014 11:19 am
    What kind of record are you talking about? Be specific with team and dates.