Soccer News of 2014-08-02

Al Koroni backs Al Ittihad to stop Gyan threat

Al Ittihad coach Khalid Al Koroni has hailed Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan as one of the best strikers in the AFC Champions League, but insists his side can pull the brakes on him.

The two sides meet in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League and with the Ghanaian scoring in almost every game, Al Koroni feels he needs to devise a strategy to deal with his threat.

“Gyan is one of the best strikers in the AFC Champion League, and also he was the captain of the Ghana national team at the recent Fifa World Cup,” Al Koroni told

“But we have very good and very experienced players in every position in our team, and we know what to expect as Gyan has played two matches against Al Ittihad already in the AFC Champions League this season.”

Two-time champions Al Ittihad will first travel to Al Ain on August 19 before the return fixture takes place a week later with Al Koroni’s side unbeaten against the Emirati side in the AFC Champions League this season.

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