Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has his eyes fixed on a win when Al-Ain clash with Al Shabab in their Asian Champions League opening game today.
The striker, who had a quiet Nations Cup campaign in Equatorial Guinea, is banking on his hundred percent recovery from ailment to begin this year’s competition on a good footing.
Gyan revealed that last year’s semi final setback after an impressive run has been the motivation as they go into today’s game before home crowd at the Zayed Stadium.
Consequently, the lethal forward has charged his colleagues to remain focused in an effort to garner all the points at stake to bolster their continental campaign.
He said in a pre-match conference that ‘it’s important for us to collect the three points in the first encounter. It will mean a lot to us in the Asian journey.
‘We are ready to face our opponents, and it will be a great incentive for us after we demonstrated the merits of our team last season.’
Indeed, a win will make a strong case for Zlatko Dalic’s men after their shocking defeat to Al Fujaiarah in the local league five days ago.
Al-Ain failed to reach the final in last year’s edition after crashing out at the semis.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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