Hull City's Oppaa Egyptian style is a big hit back in Cairo - Shafy Mosaad
Shafy Mosaad is a sports journalist in Cairo ...
"Hull City ... Oppaa Egyptian Style", has become one of the most common slogans in Egypt and the Arab world after the extraordinary emergence of Egyptian duo Ahmed Elmohamady and Mohamed nagy Gedo in the championship.
"Oppaa Egyptian Style" refers of course to the world famous song Gangham Style but the Egyptian version is now the official tribute song here to our Egyptian Tigers.
Egyptian fans have adopted Hull City as one of their own. They see the trio of Gedo, Elmo and Ahmed Fathi , and see their passion through different social media networking. And of course there is the owner Assem Allam.
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As the Tigers continue to rise, the talk here becomes even more enthusiastic. Two goals for Gedo means he has scored five in six outings since joining the Tigers on loan from Al Ahly in January. Every goal is followed here in Egypt. And suggestions Al Ahly may be willing to sell Gedo for £3million now look like the deal could be a bargain.
And it seems that Elmo was waiting for some Egyptian friends in his team to spark his best performances and establish himself as one of the best goal makers in the championship.
There’s no doubt that Hull City are a team on the rise, and not just because of their league position but the surge in popularity with fans like those in Egypt, a country with 90 million people many who love their football and their home grown football stars.
What may not be known in Hull is the significance of that back home. To many, the Hull City team and its stars are uniting all Egyptian people despite the significant political differences.
In every match that City play now, people in Egypt are desperate to see more goals from Gedo and Elmo and they hope Fathy will soon have a bigger role to play. And as long as they are being passionate about their Tigers, they can forget all their problems for 90 minutes.