Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has stated that he can effectively handle the pressure that comes with directly replacing Ghana Star Asamoah Gyan from UAE side Al-Ain.
Emenike while being unveiled by his new employers on Friday night pointed that while he admits that Gyan is a good player, he also have the quality to deliver the goals for Al-Ain in his year-long loan spell.
When asked if he felt burdened by replacing Gyan at the Boss, a striker who finished as Arabian Gulf League top scorer for three of the four seasons he played in the UAE, the 28-year-old Nigerian striker was quick to highlight that he played a big part in the Super Eagles’ 2013 African Cup of Nations success where he was the tournament’s joint top scorer with four goals, while Gyan’s Ghana exited in the semi-finals.
“Gyan is a very good player and I’m here to replace him. I hope I do well.
“Replacing him doesn’t worry me. He has achieved a lot in his career but I have also achieved a lot. I’ve won the African Cup of Nations.”
Though Emenike did not enjoy the best of Super Lig seasons last year, scoring just four times as the Yellow Canaries finished runners-up to capital city rivals Galatasaray, his past records at his former clubs show he is a lethal forward.
Emenike rose to prominence with Karabukspor firing them to Super Lig promotion in 2009/10 with 16 goals, adding another 14 in the top flight a year later before Fenerbahce came calling.
He was loaned out straight away to Spartak Moscow, where he spent three seasons, scoring 21 goals in 42 appearances, notching 12 goals in his first full season at the Otkrytie Arena in 2013/14.

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