Ghana captain says he is ready to guide his team to victory over the Saudi giants in the Asian Champions League
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is bent on helping his club Al Ain overcome Al Shabab in the group phase of the ongoing Asian Champions League.
Both teams will meet on Wednesday at the Prince Bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with recently crowned Arabian Gulf League champions, Al Ain, in need of a win to progress to the knockout stage of the competition.
Al Shabab, on the other hand, are playing for pride as they are firmly rooted at the bottom of the table with two points and no chance of qualifying.
Gyan, who missed Al Ain’s previous Asian Champions League game against Iranian side Nefti Tehran due to injury, is eager to edge past Al Shabab and advance to the next stage of the league.
“We need to collect all three points and qualify for the second phase,” Gyan told Saudi newspaper Al Nisr.
“We will approach the match in a positive manner. We are a strong side and I can assure you that spirits are high ahead of the encounter. We will do our best to achieve victory,” he said.
Al Ain have recorded one win and three draws so far and are currently second in Group B behind Naft Tehran, who have seven points.
“I don’t know if I would score, but I always try to give my best in every game. God willing, I might score, but the most important thing is that the team should win. Everyone expects me to score so I will endeavour to score,” said Gyan, who was top scorer of the AFC Champions League last season.
The two-time Arabian Gulf League top scorer won the league title with Al Ain for the third time over the weekend.