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Elmo wins second award as Hull’s £120M ‘Champions League final’ nears
Ahmed Elmohamady picked up his second award of the season when he received the Hull City Official Supporters Club player of the year award this week. With the season coming to a thrilling end, Elmohamady describes what could be the Tigers biggest game in the club’s history with the stakes of the game worth nearly £120 million.
Elmohamady, who has been on loan at Hull City from Sunderland this season received the Hull City Official Supporters Club Player of the Year award on Monday night at the awards ceremony attended by many of the players and manager Steve Bruce, for his fantastic efforts on the right wing this season. On winning the award, he said: “This is a huge moment for me. It has been fantastic this year, the players, the staff, the manager and the fans. Hopefully, we will all be happy on Saturday when we are promoted.”
Elmohamady was quick to praise his colleagues at Hull City and the manager Steve Bruce by saying: “The awards have surprised me because it has been such a great season for all the players. It has not just been me. It’s been a great season. I have really enjoyed it here with these players. It is a fantastic group, especially the gaffer. He took me to the Premier League to Sunderland and down to Hull as well, so I thank him for giving me this chance. It’s been an absolutely fantastic season for us all and now we must make sure we end with promotion on Saturday.”
Message from Hull City Official Supporters Club about the trophy:
Elmohamady is holding a figurine in his left hand of a footballer which is the HCOSC’s Hornsea Branch’s “Josh Fell Memorial Trophy” for its Player of the Season. Josh was a 15 year-old Hull City fanatic who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome due to a heart arrhythmia similar to what nearly killed Bolton Wanderers’ Fabrice Muamba. Funds are being raised in Josh’s name to support the charity – CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) – http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/.
The Tigers are hoping to improve on their last few games on Saturday where they need a win at home to league champions Cardiff City to ensure that they finish second to claim the automatic promotion spot to the Premier League. They could also still seal automatic promotion without a win, by bettering third place Watford’s result against Leeds United.
Ahmed Elmohmady described the game as Hull City’s very own ‘Champions League final’, “It’s a huge game, it’s like our Champions League final against Cardiff. Cardiff are the champions so we know it will be a tough game but we believe we can get the three points we need to win promotion. It has not been easy (in the last couple of games) but that is football. It’s not pressure, it’s just football. Sometimes it can be difficult. All the players and staff here are working very hard in training this week to make sure everyone will be happy on Saturday.”
When asked about Watford and how Hull City could rely on Leeds, Elmohamady said: “It is up to us to win on Saturday and we will be promoted.”
“We are not focused on Watford. They are a good team who play really good football, but we believe we have been better than them this year. We will show everyone on Saturday what we can do and hopefully that will be enough.”
Last week Hull City lost to Barnsley 2-0 in a game where the only Egyptian to feature was Elmohamady. Fathi was kept on the bench and Gedo not included due to a persistent foot injury.
To add to Hull City’s worries, Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ has been ruled out again with the same foot injury, ahead of the big game this Saturday. Should Gedo’s injury require surgery, it would also be a big blow for the Egyptian national team for their World Cup qualifiers in June.
Ahmad Yousef: Follow @EgyptianPlayers