Some words at half time from his brother helped Al Ain's Asamoah Gyan focus on the task at hand. He is tied at 26 goals for the Arabian Gulf League's Golden Boot with Sebastian Tagliabue of Al Wahda with two matches left in the season. AFP
Some words at half time from his brother helped Al Ain's Asamoah Gyan focus on the task at hand. He is tied at 26 goals for the Arabian Gulf League's Golden Boot with Sebastian Tagliabue of Al Wahda wShow more

Al Ain’s Gyan feeds off brotherly advice in quest for Golden Boot



Inching closer to his third Golden Boot, Asamoah Gyan concedes the race to be the country’s top scorer has been weighing on his mind.

The Al Ain striker, having lifted the award in each of his two seasons in UAE football, heads the individual chart alongside Sebastian Tagliabue, the Al Wahda forward, with two rounds of the Arabian Gulf League remaining.

Both players scored twice on Sunday to move to 26 goals, Gyan notching a double in the 3-1 victory at Sharjah, while Tagliabue’s two strikes secured the same score against Al Dhafra.

Gyan, though, wasted a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half at the Sharjah Stadium and revealed afterwards that some comforting words from his brother, as he left the pitch at half time, helped him refocus.

Gyan’s goals arrived deep into the second half.

“He’s the one who has been motivating me every time,” said Gyan, whose overall record in the UAE top flight reads 79 goals in 64 games. “I’ve been communicating with him every time, even on the pitch, at home, everywhere.

“He was telling me the same thing as my teammates: that I shouldn’t be nervous because I might come first, that we’re competing for the top scorer this season. Tagliabue is also doing so well and I’ve been a bit nervous because I want to clinch my title for the third time, I must confess.

“But it’s been a good race, so [my brother] was telling me to calm down. After the second goal he told me, ‘it’s all right, don’t fight any more’.”

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