Soccer News of Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Ghana captain Asamoah has been named in Shanghai SIPG’s Asian Champions League clash against Muangthong United today.
Gyan, 30, is fit for the clash against the Thai Premier League side at the Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai, for a playoff round match of the 2016 AFC Champions League qualifiers.
The winner of the match will qualify in the Group Stage knockout games of the said qualifying tournament.
Shanghai SIPG automatically qualified in the play-off round due to its second place finish in the China top flight last season while Muangthong United had to face Malaysian Super League squad Johor Darul Ta’zim FC in the preliminary round 2.
Sven-Göran Eriksson’s team is bannered by Ghanian striker Asamoah Gyan and Argentine midfielder Dario Conca, two of the best players in the world at their positions.
The game will also mark the debut of Brazilian striker Elkeson after he was transferred from two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande to Shanghai SIPG last month.
Shanghai SIPG starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Junling; Zhang W., Wang S., Kim, Yang; Cai, Conca, Zhang Y., Wang J.; Gyan, Elkeson