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Aiyegbeni: I never thought my Wembley dream was over

Aiyegbeni: I never thought my Wembley dream was over
March 06
17:41 2015

Reading forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, is happy to rekindle his Wembley dream as he’s set to fire the Royals to victory against giant-killers Bradford in the quarter final of the FA Cup at the Valley Parade on Saturday.


Aiyegbeni, who missed Everton’s 2-1 cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2009 through injury, now insists he never feared he had missed out on FA Cup glory when he quit English football for China in 2012.

“I never thought my Wembley dream was over. I had the chance to come back here so I took it,” Aiyegbeni, who joined Reading in January transfer window, said.

“England is one of the best places to play football, so I’m happy to be here, enjoying the moment and hopefully I can do more to help the team.


“I was going crazy when I couldn’t play in that game for Everton against Chelsea. But that was years ago, now we’ve got another 90 minutes to play, and hopefully we can be there again.

“If we could get through to Wembley it would be special, every player wants to play at Wembley.”

Bradford defeated Chelsea and Sunderland to set up a tie with Reading, but Aiyegbeni believes they can end the fairytale run of their opponents this weekend.


“Bradford are a good team, they fight for each other, stick together and will make it difficult for anyone against them,”  the second-highest African goal scorer of all time in British football with 95 strikes to Didier Drogba’s 103 said.

“So we’ve got to give it our best, it will be difficult but as a team we’ve got to give everything.

“One game and we could be at Wembley.”

If Reading secure the win and qualify for the semi-finals, it will be their first since 1927.



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