Gyan wins Asian Foreign Player of the Year award

The Al Ain goal machine was voted as the best foreign player for the first time in his three-year stay in Asia

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has won the Asian Foreign Player of the Year award following his exploits in the just ended Asian Champions League.

The Black Stars captain emerged the top scorer in the Arabian Gulf League and the Asian Champions League competition with 29 goals and 12 goals respectively and helped Al Ain to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Although his club could not win both competitions, his effort did not go unnoticed. The 28-year-old talisman was not present at the ceremony due to national duty in Uganda but officials from Al Ain took the diadem on his behalf which will be handed over to him after the international break.

General Secretary of Asian Football Confederation Dato Soosay lauded the qualities and exploits of the Ghanaian in the year under review. “Al Ain's Ghanaian player Asamoah Gyan's consistent and excellent performance in the AFC Champions League scoring a total of 12 goals and helping his team reach the semi finals of the competition is one to be proud of,”  Soosay's letter to the United Arab Emirate's FA read.

He added: “On behalf of AFC President and the AFC Executive Committee members, it is our honour to present the AFC Foreign Player of the Year 2014 accolade to Mr Asamoah Gyan."

The Ghana captain succeeds Brazilian Luiz Guilherme da Conceição Silva "Muriqui".