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Emenike Keen To Rediscover Scoring Touch At Al Ain

Oladipo Okubanjo

Emmanuel Emenike has expressed a desire to regain his old scoring form after completing a loan move from Fenerbahce of Turkey to Al Ain of Qatar. The striker is seen as a direct replacement for Ghana international, Asamoah Gyan, who has joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on a two-year deal. Emenike, a prolific goal scorer for club and country who has suffered a dip-in-form for many months now, said he hopes to start scoring regularly as before while at Al Ain. He said: “I’m happy to be here and in a great club like this. I also like to Ruslan Chagaev stopped Francesco Pianeta in the first round to successfully defend his WBA heavyweight title Saturday night.

The Russian floored his fellow southpaw with two quick-fire left hooks with less than 90 seconds gone in Magdeburg. Pianeta, the German and European heavyweight champion, survived the count but was put down again just before the bell with another left hook on the ropes. As he struggled to get to his feet, the 30-year-old gave the referee little option but to stop the fight as Pianeta’s bid to become Germany’s first heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling in 1932 ended in embarrassment. The 37-year-old Uzbekistan-born Chagaev, who has been nicknamed ‘White Tyson’ first won the WBA world title in 2007 when he beat Russian giant Nikolai Valuev on points, but then lost to Klitschko in 2009 to suffer the first defeat of his career.

Chagaev Retains WBA Heavyweight Title Former Nigeria youth international, Stanley Ohawuchi, is now the leading scorer in the Egyptian Premier League after he netted 16 goals, two more than closest rival Bassin Morsi of Zamalek. Ohawuchi, who played for Nigeria at FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009, scored a brace on Saturday for Wadi Degla in a 2-1 win over El- Gounah. Wadi Degla are now fifth on the league table with 56 points from 37 games. The former Heartland forward opened the scoring in the 63rd minute and completed a brace five minutes to the end of the game. “I am happy and feel great like every striker to score a brace and help my team win the game,” Ohawuchi said.

“I hope to score again in the last game of the season.” Ohawuchi Tops Scoring Chart In Egypt be in a club that wins title and I’m here to win more trophies “I have scored goals starting from when I was with Karabükspor and then Fenerbahçe. I have won trophies in Turkey, but last season wasn’t that great for me even though I made an impact as I got a lot of assists.” Gyan was a legend at Al Ain, scoring 95 goals in 81 matches and winning several major trophies with the Dubai club before his move to China. Prodded on whether he can measure up to the standard set by the Ghana Black Stars captain, Emenike said he is up to the challenge. “Gyan is a very good player and   I’m here to replace him and I hope I do well.

He has achieved a lot in his career and so have I,” he said. “I have won the African Cup. It doesn’t worry me that I’m replacing Gyan as my plan is to work as a team-man and then do well as a player. “But I also want to succeed alongside the fantastic players here and win trophies because that is what the club is all about.” He added: “On a personal note this is a fresh challenge that I need in my career and I hope to make a great contribution at Al Ain. I’ve been given an amazing welcome by the club and my focus now is to deliver on the pitch.”

Emenike endured a turbulent period at Fenerbahce having initially transferred to the Turkish side in 2011. However, a match-fixing scandal, for which he was later cleared, prompted the Istanbul club to sell him to Russian side Spartak Moscow less than two months later. He re-joined Fenerbahce in 2013 and helped propel them to the 2013- 14 Super Lig title and the 2014 Turkish Cup crown. But Emenike, who made his Nigeria debut in 2011 and was top scorer at the 2013 African Cup of Nations, suffered a dramatic dip in form last season, which attracted negative reactions from Fenerbahce fans.

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