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Shabana leads Churchill Brothers to historic Indian FA Cup title

Shabana leads Churchill Brothers to FA Cup title

Former Al Ahly midfielder led Churchill Brothers to their first-ever Indian FA Cup title on Saturday.

Abdelhamid Shabana, who has been a key player since joining Churchill Brothers from Al Ahly in December, won his first piece of silverware with the Indian club at the Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

The Egyptian midfielder scored in his side’s 3-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in the final of the Federation Cup, which is the country’s alternative of the FA Cup.

28-year-old Shabana, who’s provided the defending I-League champions with much creativity in the midfield, intercepted a through ball from Goa before he fired home his fourth goal of the season.

Shabana also had a shot on goal parried onto the post by the opposing keeper in the first half.

This was the first-ever Federation Cup title for Churchill Brothers, who are languishing at the bottom of the table in the I-League.

By Ahmad Yousef – 

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at

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