Emmanuel Gyasi made his Ghana debut after making his first Serie A appearances for Spezia, who are also featuring in Italy’s top flight for the first time.
With four games remaining, the Aquilotti, or Little Eagles as they are called in Italy, have shocked many by remaining three points clear of the relegation zone.
“We kept the core of last year’s team and that helped us integrating the players who have arrived in the summer,” Gyasi explained.
“Before I actually judge our performance, I’d rather wait and put the cherry on the cake. We did well so far but we have to top it with the right finish!”
Gyasi has a lot to do with Spezia’s promotion to Serie A, as it was his goal that determined the first leg of last season’s play-off against Frosinone, helping his club to seal promotion after the second leg.
“I will never forget that goal. It has been an historical moment for us,” he said.
“We got promoted to Serie A in the end, something which had never happened before in the club’s 100 years of history,”
Spezia may have only been in the top flight for a year, but wins over AC Milan and Napoli, as well as draws over champions Inter Milan and Atalanta, as well as knocking AS Roma out of the Coppa Italia, have shown that they can compete with anybody.
“We are a great group and we have a common goal,” Gyasi added.
“The club takes care of everything and we just need to concentrate on our job on the pitch,”
Though Spezia has played a key role in Gyasi’s recent success, he also credits the club’s manager Vincenzo Italiano.
“A player has to be lucky and meet the perfect manager and that has happened to me, I feel his confidence and that made me develop greatly.” Gyasi insisted.
“It’s my third year here, Spezia feels like a second home to me. I have found the necessary stability and most of this is down to the manager,” he ended.
A hardcore football fan, Kofi Blay is also a data analyst and a Master chef.