Top officials of Dubai-based club, Al Ain have confessed that they are not impressed with the performance of their Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike who they accuse of not showing enough commitment to the club.
A board member with Al-Ain Mohammed Obeid Hamdoun was firm that they will not retain Emenike for any reason but will instead allow him go back to his parent club Fenerbahce of to China where he is attracting interest.
Already Emenike’s poor form has forced Al Ain to shop for a more capable replacement which has seen them brought in Brazilian striker Douglas, 28, who joined last week.
Speaking about the future of Emenike, Hamdoun said: “We have one team from China interested and Fenerbahce want to take him back. I think he’ll go back to them.
“This is normal in football. Sometimes big name and big players come and don’t do anything here. This can happen in any team. Sometimes you bring one big name and he doesn’t want to play — that’s my opinion on Babel and Emenike, I think they didn’t want to play here.
“I saw Emenike in the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and he was a good player. But when he came here he scored only seven [league] goals, with the local players we have here? Enough.”
Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic however praised Emenike during the unveiling ceremony of Douglas at the club.
“I want to say thank you to Emenike for the last six months with us,” Dalic said. “I wish him all the best next season at a new club. This is football, this is life. Also, we did everything that our fans wanted of us. I hope to make them happy.
“We’ve had a great half season. I’m sure we’ve had great transfer window and did everything our fans expected of us.”
Emenike scored nine goals in 15 appearances for Al Ain.