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I’m the best replacement for Gyan – Emenike

Emmanuel Emenike

Nigerian striker Emanuel Emenike, who was officially
unveiled by Al Ain late on Friday, was straight away put
under the pump by the UAE media, Gulf News reports.

He was bombarded with questions as to how he would fit
into the shoes of Ghanaian star striker Asamoah Gyan, who
has scored 95 goals in 83 games helping Al Ain win the
league thrice and in the process finishing as UAE Pro
League top-scorer on three occasions.

“I’m happy to be here and in a great club like this. I also like
to be in a club that wins title and I’m here to win more
trophies,” said Emenike, who hasn’t been in the best of
touch in the Turkish League having scored just 16 goals
from 55 matches for Fenerbahçe. Last season, he only
managed four goals in 27 appearances and hence there is a
lot of apprehension in the media and among the Al Ain fans
about Emenike being an ideal replacement for Gyan.

However, the Nigerian tried his best to justify his selection
saying that he has the striking prowess and can deliver the
goods to see Al Ain achieve its goals.

“I have scored goals starting from when I was with
Karabükspor and then Fenerbahçe. I have won trophies in
Turkey but last season wasn’t that great for me but I made
a lot of impact as I got a lot of assists. However, yes, it
wasn’t a good last season for me,” said Emenike, adding,

“Gyan is a very good player and I’m here to replace him and
I hope I do well. He has achieved a lot in his career and so
have I. I have won the African Cup. It doesn’t worry me that
I’m replacing Gyan as my plan is to work as a team-man
and then do well as a player.”

Al Ain board member Mohammad Bin Badawa came out in
support of Emenike saying it would be unfair to draw a
comparison between the Nigerian and Gyan.

“Emenike is a very good player and you can’t make any
such comparisons with Gyan as each one has their own
qualities. Gyan succeeded because he got assistance from
all our players. You also have to understand that last year,
we achieved a lot of things and won crucial matches in the
absence of Gyan,” said Bin Badawa, who was also
impressed with what Emenike said about being a team-

“I liked what Emanuel said as he didn’t speak about himself
and that is what we are looking for. We don’t have to fear
with Gyan leaving the club as we have the resources to do
well and achieve our goals.”

Emenike was also looking forward to playing with Al Ain’s
ace Medio Omar Abdul Rahman. “To play with a player like
Omar is great and I have seen a few of his videos. He is
special and gave some good passes to Gyan. I think I will
work well with him and I’m looking forward to training with
him,” said 28-year-old.

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