Gaby’s dreams came true af­ter FA Cup glory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Posh Review Of The Year - By Alan­swann

FACup­glo­ryca­nen­rich­play­ers as well as clubs. Gaby Zakuani won a mil­lion pound move to thePremierLeagueon­the­back of his stand out moment in the most­fa­mous­knock­out­com­pe­ti­tion on the planet.

Zakuani­was­partoftheLey­ton Ori­ent side that won 2- 1 at top- flight Ful­ham in Jan­uary 2006. Ori­ent were in League Two at the time.

Four months later the DR Congo in­ter­na­tional moved from Bris­bane Road to Craven Cot­tage.

That Ori­ent win re­mains a high­light of Zakuani’s ca­reer and he’s gut­ted that he will be de­nied the chance of an­other slice of Cup glory by his call up to the Congo squad for the Africa Cup of Na­tions later this month.

But he has left be­hind in­struc­tions on how to shock the big boys!

Zakuani said: “There were sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween that Ori­ent side and the cur­rent Posh one.

“We were a good foot­balling team and we went into that game in very good form.

“We didn’t ex­pect to win at a Pre­mier League side, but we were con­fi­dent we would play well.

“It turned out to bea­sur­real day as ev­ery­one seemed to play to their best and we ac­tu­ally passed Ful­ham off the park.

“It’s one of my favourite foot­ball mem­o­ries as you don’t get the chance to play against teams like that too of­ten, never mind beat them.

“There’s no doubt I got my dream move to the Pre­mier League on the back of my per­for­mance again­stFul­ham.

“And Posh def­i­nitely have a chance against Nor­wich even thoughit looks like wewill have a few play­ers miss­ing.

“The pres­sure will be off us. Nor­wich will be ex­pected to win, but they’re not on the best of runs so if we can get in front any­thing can hap­pen.

“Ev­ery player will have to con­trib­ute though. You can’t carry pas­sen­gers against this level of op­po­si­tion.

“If that hap­pens and we get a bit of luck we could cer­tainly win.

“It’s amaz­ing what a few wins can do to a team’s con­fi­dence.

“It’s ashameI­won’tbethere, but play­ing for my coun­try means a lot to me .

“I’m happy that I’m leav­ing the side out­side the bot­tom three and I’m con­fi­dent they will still be there when I get back.”

Zakuani flew to Oman to join up with the Congo squad straight af­ter Tues­day’s win over Barnsley.

The tour­na­ment starts on Jan­uary 19 and, de­pend­ing on Congo’s progress, Zakuani could miss as many as six Posh matches. The­fi­naliss­ched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 10.

Chelsea star Dennis Wise and Posh’s Dean Hooper shake hands af­ter the Stam­ford Bridge clash in 2001.

Gaby Zakuani.

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