Asamoah Gyan shares Golden Shoe award with entire Al Ain club
By Ameenu Shardow
Asamoah Gyan has dedicated his Arabian Leagues Golden Shoe award to the entire Al Ain Football Club.
The Ghana captain was handed the prestigious award for scoring the most goals in all the Arabian Leagues in the 2011-2012 season.
The 27-year-old scored 21 goals in 22 matches, 0.954 goals per match to beat his closest competitor Ahmed Hayel who won the top scorer award in the Jordanian top flight with 18 goals in 22 games.
The former Sunderland striker thus becomes the first Ghanaian and ninth player from the UAE top flight to clinch the accolade.
He however insists his significant achievement was a collective effort from everyone at Al Ain.
“Everyone helped me in winning this award – starting from the administration and the coaching staff to players and fans,” Gyan said.
“We won the league last season and I was the top scorer due to their help. I didn’t win the award alone.
“It is to all of Al Ain club because they helped me to get it.”
The Ghana international is well on his way to retaining the award as he leads the goal scorers chart in the UAE with 24 goals – two more than his total haul in his debut season with the champions.