2014 World Cup: Asamoah Gyan is top scorer in the UAE for the third straight season

Asamoah Gyan will be handed the Golden Boot for the third straight season in the UAE

Asamoah Gyan will be handed the Golden Boot for the third straight season in the UAE

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan will be handed the Arabian Gulf League’s top scorer’s award for the third time running after his closest contender Sebastian Tagliabue failed to make up the 29-goal tally.

The Black Stars captain watched in anxiety as Tagliabue attempted to steal his individual accolade on the final day of the season by scoring a brace in Al Wahda’s 3-1 win at the already relegated Al Shaab on Sunday.

Gyan had bagged 29 goals– two less than his last season tally of 31 – despite playing in every single game for the Boss this term.

His goals and retention of the top scorer award for the third time on the bounce is the only silver lining in Al Ain’s disappointing season which saw them dethroned as champions of the UAE.

Gyan contributed more than half the entire goals scored by the Dubai-based club this season.

The 28-year-old has been the star man for the Boss since his arrival from Sunderland in 2011 initially on loan.

Al Ain’s technical instability this season, with frequent changes of the head coach ultimately cost the side the title this season.

They could only finish sixth but are crucially still in the Asian Champions League where they are most likely to progress to the quarter final stage.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Johnny says:

    Good deal. Pair him with Waris flanked by Accam on the right and K Asamoah on the left. Attack and attack. Just score more than the other guys.

  2. Askantwi says:

    Is there any attacking squad better than Gyan, Kwadwo, Andre and Kevin? This should be supported in Midfield by either Essien and Frimpong or Muntari and Badu. We have one of the best squads in the world.

  3. Johnny says:

    Askantwi,
    Please let’s not break the Gyan-Waris duo speareading the attack. KPB plays behind the strikers and he is equally dangerous. I’d love to see Accam play on the wing, with his speed, skill and goal-scoring ability. I mean, we’ve got to rake in the goals.

    Just keep the ball away from our defenders.

  4. harry says:

    I just don’t get this thing about Ghanaians.Why do we select players based on past glory?Anyone to answer that.
    @askantwi.did u say Frimpong?When was the last time u saw him play football?Meanwhile we have a player like Afryie Acquah in Serie A side Parma playing da same role and also playing week in week out ignored.This is why we prefer Dauda the bench warmer in South Africa to Kwarasey the captain of Norwegian champion.
    Number 1 keeper who plays every single match for his club and even has Europa League experience.Hhhhmmm!God,help us.

  5. access says:

    The killer squad:4-3-3,,,,Attacking football……

    —————————————————Kwarasey——————————————————-

    Opare—————————–Jonathan—————–boye——————————–Wakaso

    Rabiu——————————————————–Ayew————————————-Badu

    KP. Boateng———————————————-Gyan—————————————-Kojo

  6. ozone says:

    Ghana’s best striker is playing in dubai for al ain ?
    Hahahahahahah.Funny.
    Which player going to d world cup plays in dubai ?.
    Al ain ?.
    Same al ain that nigeria’s U/17 squad flogged 3-0 in a friendly match before d U/17 world cup last year ?.
    That goes to show d poor quality of d club/league gyan plays for.
    And ghanaians thinks topping d scorers chart in an amateurish league is a great achievement.
    Why didnt gyan score up to 15 goals a season when he played in d epl,french league and serie A ?

  7. Stranger Danger says:

    im not a tactician, but we all know our defense is not ‘all that’ compared to our mid and attack. with a 4-3-3 formation, you are only depending on your strikers and your defense to pull this off, but not so much your mid. What currently makes the black stars what they are is the mid (and kinda the strikers). a 4-3-3 will not exploit our strong side which is the mid and leave our weak side ( the defense) even weaker. And if the defense cant do their job, the mid will fall back to help, and possibly the attackers as well, causing less chances to be created by the strikers. I think a 4-4-2 will be a better, more balanced, and effective tactic than a 4-3-3

    • dumelok1 says:

      Please I think the squad should be *kwarasey. *opare/boye/jonathan/schlup. *essien/Acqua.(Sub)muntari and rabiu.prince,accam,but trust me prince should trike ahead of gyan!