Ghana's Asamoah Gyan says he's excited by new challenge in UAE

The 2010 African Footballer of the Year left Sunderland in a controversial move last week and was officially unveiled by his new club on Monday claiming he's there to win cups
Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has been unveiled by new club Al Ain and says he's excited by his new challenge in the UAE Pro-League.

Gyan, 25, made the bold move from Sunderland to Al Ain on a season-long loan last week and was officially unveiled at a press conference in UAE on Monday where the 2010 BBC African Footballer of the Year said he was ready to meet the expectations.

“I’m really happy to be here. Al Ain is an important club and this is a big challenge for me. There will be a lot of expectations on me, but not pressure,” he said.

“Everybody who has seen me in the World Cup and at Sunderland know what I am capable of, but this is a new challenge for me as I’m a new player here.

“We have quality players in the club to win games and do well in the championships. We will try to build a winning team.”

The former Rennes and Udinese striker added he wants to win trophies in UAE.

“As an attacker I need to score more goals, that is my commitment and I hope to deliver, but I’m also looking for the support of the players," he said.

“I’m happy that Al Ain Club and the coach has confidence in me and that an important thing a player should have.

"I’m glad Al Ain Club have given me this opportunity to play in the league. I’m here to see how Asian leagues are and hopefully I can help the team to win some cup and see where my future lies.”

Al Ain coach Cosmin Olaroiu said Gyan was a "champion" player who could help the club become champions.

“We chose another striker because we have to score goals. If you look at all the players we have brought here are champions," he said.

"We want to get back the history of Al Ain club and that’s why we have brought Gyan who is an Olympic champion.”

Al Ain are the most successful club in UAE football, having won 14 league titles, more than any other team, but slipped to 10th place last season, narrowly avoiding relegation.

The Al Ain-based outfit signed Saudi Arabia international Yasser Al-Qahtani, Romanian Mirel Radoi and Argentine Ignacio Scocco during the off-season.