Egypt's Abou-Treika leads Bani Yas to Gulf Cup glory

Karim Farouk, Thursday 23 May 2013

Egyptian talisman inspires Emirati side Bani Yas to 2-0 win over Qatari giants Al-Khor, successfully clinching coveted Gulf Cup

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Once again, Egyptian playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika has proved a resounding success after putting on a scintillating display in Bani Yas' 2-0 Gulf Cup final win against Al-Khor on Thursday.

The 34-year-old talisman opened the scoring in the 26th minute after brilliantly controlling a long-range free kick inside the area, slotting the ball from close range on the rebound after his first attempt was blocked by the keeper.

Thanks to his passes, dribbles and clairvoyance, Abou-Treika orchestrated the rhythm of the game, helping his team gain possession and maintain their advantage.

In the 80th minute he set up Nawaf Mubarak from a free kick, firing the second from inside the area into the top corner and claiming the title on a 3-1 aggregate.

The Pharaohs icon has been a major boost for the Emirati giants since joining them last January on a six-month loan deal from Egypt's Ahly.

The Gulf Cup trophy – the first ever for Bani Yas – has been much credited to the gifted playmaker, who scored a 95th minute winner against Saudi side Nagran in the semis, in addition to his contribution in the final match.

The two-time Africa-based player of the year (in 2008 and 2012) is set to return to his home club Ahly next week after playing the season final against Al-Wasl on Sunday.

However, Bani Yas officials have made it clear that they want to keep him for the coming season in hopes of boosting the team's chances for additional titles.

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