Wigan keeper Al Habsi: FA Cup final huge in Middle East

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has revealed today's FA Cup final against Manchester City is massive in the Middle East.

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has revealed today's FA Cup final against Manchester City is massive in the Middle East.

It has been billed as a battle between the man from Oman and the mega–rich Manchester City owners from nearby Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Al Habsi told The Sun: “There is a big football rivalry between Oman and the Emirates, so at home this game is seen as a shootout between me and the Manchester City owners.

“Oman has a good chance to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 2014.

“I am dreaming of being able to celebrate a famous hat–trick — a Cup final win, staying up in the Premier League and a World Cup place.”

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