Posted On Friday, 19th April 2013
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has hailed the good team spirit in Al Ain that helped them to clinch the UAE league on Thursday night with four matches remaining.
The Black Stars captain fired all the three goals that helped Al Ain defeat Dubai 3-0 to increase his tally to 28 goals this season beating Brazilian striker Grafite of Al Ahli by four goals.
Gyan, the hero of the night with a hat trick, said: “It’s a great feeling. We worked really hard and have been united.
“We started slowly by losing our first game and everybody thought it would be difficult for us, but we kept our composure. The teamwork was there.”
It was rather fitting that Gyan proved the match-winner.
As so often has been the case in this 2012/13 season, the prolific Ghanaian supplied the finishing touch to his teammates’ efficient endeavours.
Gyan twice rose above the Dubai defence to power home a header – one in each half – before the striker took his tally to a barely believable 28 goals in 20 games with a thumping half-volley direct from DA’s goal kick.
All three highlights were commemorated in typical Gyan fashion: a joyful jig for the televisions cameras, the festivities soon swollen by grateful colleagues.
By now, Al Ain’s fans were ecstatic, ready to drift off into this Thursday evening with dreams realised and ambitions further thickened.
Al Ain deserved to win the title with their attacking force that scored 69 goals, the highest in the league and with a disciplined defence that conceded only 20 goals in 22 matches, also the best in the competition.
The title is the 27th one overall in the history of the club, including 11 league titles, five President’s Cups, four Super Cups and an AFC Champions League title from 2003.