Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan turns attention to World Cup after UAE heroics
Ghanaian superstar Asamoah Gyan’s tremendous striking form this season would have given a lot of hope to his national side ahead of their World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Gyan, who clinched the Arabian Gulf League topscorer’s title with 29 goals, capped his season with a matchwinning strike against Al Ahli in the President’s Cup final on Sunday and ended the title-drought for his side Al Ain.
“It is a great feeling and I wouldn’t have achieved the success without the support of my team-mates. We didn’t have a good season but we kept our composure and proved that we can play at high level,” said a jubilant Gyan after the celebrating the victory with his team-mates.
“We made it to the AFC Champions League quarter finals and now comes this. Our confidence level is good now under new coach Dalic and different tactics. It is working for us. I would say our last 10-11 games have been really good,” said the Ghana captain.
The friendly against the newly crowned Manchester City and AFC Champions League last 16 encounter against Al Jazira clearly seemed to have provided the much-needed match practice ahead of this grudge final against Al Ahli.
“Physically, we were better than them and yes, we played a couple of games before this outing while they had a break after the league,” said Gyan, who also felt it was a ‘good sign’ for the next season.
“We were a bit consistent in the last one month and that was very much to our advantage. We dominated very well today and that’s what we saw.
Ghana has been placed in the ‘Group of Death’ in the World Cup with Germany, Portugal and the United States.
The Black Stars, making their third-straight appearance at the World Cup finals, open the campaign against the United States on June 16 before meeting Germany on June 21.
Their final group game will be against Portugal who will be led by the Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, on June 26.
“Personally, I now have to think about my World Cup. I will have to concentrate on it. We are hoping for a good World Cup and it is not going to be easy.
It is going to be the toughest World Cup. No predictions for now; we have to go for the World Cup and see what happens,” said Gyan before signing off.