Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gyan looks to shine at the ACN

All eyes will be on Asamoah Gyan at the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January as he attempts to help Ghana go one better than their second place finish two years ago.

The Ghanaian striker was voted African player of the year in 2010 and was one of the players to make the biggest impact on the World Cup in South Africa as he helped his side become only the third African country to make the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Gyan caused controversial earlier this season when he left the Premier League to join Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates on loan from his parent club Sunderland, with a view to make the move permanent when the January transfer window opens. People looking at the best African Cup of Nations odds should remember this.

Steve Bruce signed the striker from Rennes for £13 in August 2010 where he scored 10 goals in his debut season for Sunderland, however, he was swayed by a move to the Al-Ain where he is reportedly on a contract worth £200,000 a week.

The 26-year old has scored 27 times for his country in 54 appearances. One of his latest goals was at Wembley against England in a friendly to earn the Black Stars a draw against Fabio Capello's side.

Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the biggest names at this year's tournament once again. Ivory Coast will expect a big performance from their leading talisman and skipper when the African Cup of Nations gets underway in January. The Ivorian has not been in the best form for his club side Chelsea, however, he is still considered very influential for the Elephants where he is their all-time leading goalscorer.

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