Elmohamady credits Egypt, Sunderland for CAF recognition

Hatem Maher, Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Ahmed Elmohamady credited the Egyptian national team and his English club Sunderland after being included in Africa’s best starting eleven for 2010

Ahmed Elmohamady

The Egyptian wing-back was selected by African governing body CAF in the best starting XI on Monday after producing some impressive displays with his country and club alike.

He was instrumental in helping Egypt win a record-extending seventh African Cup of Nations title at the beginning of the year before further rising to prominence after joining Sunderland from ENPPI on a season-long loan in the summer.

“This is the first time I’ve ever made it into the team so I’m delighted and it’s great to get an individual honor,” Elmohamady told Sunderland’s official website.

“But I’m in this team because of how the teams I have played for have performed, with Egypt winning the Cup of African Nations and of course Sunderland starting the season so well.”

Elmohamady was joined in the starting XI by Sunderland teammate Asamoah Gyan, who also came second in the African Footballer of the Year award behind winner Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon.

Both men clashed in the Nations Cup final, where Egypt beat Ghana 1-0 to win an unprecedented third consecutive continental title.

Fellow Egyptians Wael Gomaa and Ahmed Hassan, who both play for Cairo giants Ahly, also made CAF’s team.

“I’m very lucky to have had great support from my team-mates with Sunderland and Egypt, Hassan Shehata (Egyptian manager), Steve Bruce (Sunderland manager) and supporters in Egypt who followed me and Sunderland since I came here,” Elmohamady, 23, added.

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