Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan won his seventh title in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday as Al Ahli defeated Al-Shabab 2-0 in the final of the Gulf League Cup at the Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium.

The game between the two Dubai city rivals was settled with a brace from Senegalese striker Makete Diop in the fifth and 77th minutes.

Gyan was sent on as a 72nd-minute substitute to shore up the attack with Al Ahli leading by the lone goal. He missed an opportunity to double the lead before Diop put the game beyond their rivals.

Ghanaian Nana Poku played for Shabab.

The League Cup victory is a consolation for Al Ahli who are on the verge of surrendering their league title to Al Jazira.The 31-year-old Black Stars captain has now won seven titles in the United Arab Emirates, including three Arab Gulf League titles (won with Al Ain), a Presidents Cup and two Super Cup titles.

Gyan is on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.

Hearts go into the clash this time having beaten sworn rivals Kotoko 1-0 at the Accra sports stadium. It was a different scenario last season as they had lost to the Porcupines at the same venue courtesy of a Soulama Abdoulaye own goal. But the Phobians went all the way to Berekum to beat Chelsea.
They would relish another win but it will not come easily as Chelsea are looking formidable and ruthless at home this term. The Blues have scored 8 goals in 4 outings at the Golden City Park which means the defensive pair of Inusah Musah and Vincent Atingah who have stood tall thus far must be at their very best to curtail the rapid attack led by Seth Appiah who has 5 goals.
Scottish trainer Frank Nuttall is still tinkering with the squad but for Chelsea, Steve Polak’s experience has come in handy. Both coaches are tactically astute and whoever gets it right on the day takes the three points.Medeama faces a tough battle away from home in their bid to move out of the relegation zone. The Muaves have endured a plucky start despite the hype of being one of the favorites to land the title. Ahead of the break, they fluffed the chance to pick up a win at home against Olympics.
With the much anticipated clash between the Premier League leading title hopefuls – Aduana Stars - and hurting Champions – Wa All Stars - who suffered a humiliating 4-1 home thumping this past weekend in their outstanding match against WAFA postponed, title contenders – Kumasi Asante Kotoko – will have the chance to take over the top spot as they go for the rebound at home following their lone goal loss to rivals – Hearts of Oak – in the Super Clash against Inter Allies on Sunday as hardworking – Elmina Stars – jumpstarts Week 9 at home on Saturday against Liberty Professionals with the chance to break into the ranks of the top four.
Third placed Academy Soccer Lads, WAFA, who plucked their first road win after 27 tries will be hard-pressed to haul in another road win as they take on Bechem Utd in the top four encounter of the day, Hearts of Oak will be hoping to make up for some lost ground in their title quest as guests of Berekum Chelsea, and Tema Youth will look to pick up the max points against struggling Medeama SC at Accra

The Blues raced into an early lead on five minutes as Cesc Fabregas applied the finish from Eden Hazard’s cross, but Palace turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes - Wilfried Zaha equalising with a stunning solo goal before setting up Christian Benteke for the Belgian’s 10th goal of the season.
Chelsea had countless opportunities to level the game but the visitors, marshalled by the imperious Mamadou Sakho, held on to claim a famous victory which will go some way to sealing their place in the top flight next term.

Diego Costa missed a hatful of opportunities while Antonio Conte will also look back on Craig Pawson’s decision not to give his side a penalty as Andros Townsend’s appeared to handle the ball to block Pedro’s goal-bound shot in the first-half.

Palace will care little as they claimed their fourth consecutive victory to move four points clear of the drop zone while Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Burnley means Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table is now reduced to seven points.

Lionel Messi has asserted his innocence in a letter to FIFA after being hit with a four-match international ban, saying he was yelling "to the air" and not verbally abusing a match official.

Barcelona star Messi was dealt the suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,160) by FIFA's disciplinary panel following his actions in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile last week. He is due to miss three more of Argentina's remaining four World Cup qualifiers after sitting out the 2-0 defeat against Bolivia on Tuesday.

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