Hull City's Elmohamady becomes first Egyptian to reach FA Cup final

Ahram Online, Sunday 13 Apr 2014

The Pharaohs' player to play again at Wembley Stadium, what he calls the best place he has ever played in

Sheffield United's Neill Collins challenges Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady (L) during their English FA Cup semi-final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, April 13, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Hull City's winger Ahmed Elmohamady became the first Egyptian player to reach an English FA Cup final after seeing his team defeat Sheffield United 5-3 in the semifinal on Sunday.

Elmohamady played the full match, the Tigers' first FA Cup semi-final since 1930. The 26-year-old provided an assist to help teammate David Meyler score the fifth goal seconds before the final whistle.

"Such an honour to be the first Egyptian to reach the FA Cup final!" Elmohamady said on his Facebook page following the game. 

Booking a place in the final showdown against Arsenal – also at Wembley – Hull City will be looking for their first ever FA Cup title.

Earlier this month, the Pharaohs' player said that he would be excited to pass Sheffield United to reach the final at Wembley.

"We are really looking forward to the Cup game against Sheffield United. It will be great to go to Wembley," Elmohamady was quoted as saying on the British club's official website on 8 March.

"I know everyone here is very excited. We want to win the game. Getting to Wembley is not enough.

"We all know about the last time Hull got to a semi-final. It will be great for everyone if we can get Hull to its first final. That would be a massive thing for everyone in the city.

"I want to enjoy the day and you only do that if you win. To play at Wembley twice in one year would be incredible.

"It has been there at the back of our minds, but now we can think about it fully. There are no distractions or anything like that.    

"I have been to Wembley before with my national team. It is a fantastic stadium and one that everyone will be very proud to play [in].

"The atmosphere is great. A great pitch, too, which I think will really suit us.

"I have been lucky to play in some good stadiums around the world. But this one is the best I ever played in. Totally amazing and one I can't wait to play at again," he concluded.

Elmohamady joined Hull on a permanent basis from Sunderland last summer.

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