Al-Ahly of Egypt qualified for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup after winning the African Champions League title in its version that ended on Saturday.
وتغلب Al Ahly South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs defeated Kaizer Chiefs 3-0, Saturday evening, in the final of the African Champions League, which was held in Casablanca, Morocco, to become the second qualifying for the Club World Cup 2021After Chelsea, the European champion.
Al-Ahly’s competitors in the Club World Cup 2021
The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Japan next December, and Al-Ahly will participate in it for the seventh time in its history as the African champion, starting from the second round (quarter-final).
The “Red Genie” is awaiting the completion of the contract for the qualifiers and the draw to know his opponent in the quarter-finals of the Club World Cup 2021, where he will meet with the Asian champion, or his North American counterpart, or the winner of the preliminary round from among the champions of the host country and the representative of Oceania.
And if Al-Ahly succeeds in skipping the quarter-finals, it will find itself in a decisive confrontation in the semi-finals against one of the two favorites for the title, as usual, which are Chelsea, the Champions of the Champions League, or the holder of the Copa Libertadores (South America), which has not yet been decided.
Al-Ahly won the bronze in the last edition of the Club World Cup, which was held last February in Qatar, after defeating Palmeiras, the Copa Libertadores champion, on penalties, after their match ended in a goalless draw.
What does Al-Ahly need to win the 2021 Club World Cup?
It may seem a little surprising, as no team from outside Europe (13 titles) or South America (4 titles) has ever won the championship, but this does not mean that Al-Ahly is unable to dream of reaching the 2021 Club World Cup final and achieving the surprise, especially that 5 Final matches witnessed the presence of a party from outside the two largest continents.
Al-Ahly has several elements that make it able to dream of achieving the greatest achievement in the history of African football by obtaining the World Cup title, as well as having the ability to improve its conditions and strengthen its ranks, as it is still 5 months away from the start of the tournament.
Al-Ahly depends on a strong squad supported by several distinct elements of young talents, such as striker Mohamed Sharif, top scorer in the last edition of the African Champions League with 6 goals, and his colleagues Taher Mohamed Taher and Mohamed Magdy Qafsha, along with experienced people such as veteran goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Also, South African coach Pitso Mosimane proved that his successes did not come by chance, and that he is able to handle the knockout matches brilliantly.
And after his treasury recovered with $ 2.5 million reward for winning the African Champions League title, the Red Castle will be able to take a bold adventure by strengthening the different positions with strong deals whose main and only mission is to lead the team’s dream in the 2021 Club World Cup.
It is worth noting that the reward for winning the 2021 Club World Cup is $10 million, which is equivalent to 157 million Egyptian pounds, an amount that tempts the club’s management to make sacrifices in order to obtain it, in addition to indirect gains from sponsorship contracts and others.
Al-Ahly in the last edition of the Club World Cup appeared well, and overthrew Al-Duhail, supported by the land and the public, and was not up for grabs when he lost against a terrifying team the size of Bayern Munich with a double, before snatching the bronze medal from Palmeiras’ clutches, which proves his ability to fight adults despite the differences.
The “Red Genie” did not make many modifications to its list that participated in the last edition of the Club World Cup at the end of last year, to get rid of an obstacle represented in the players’ fear of entering a high-level continental competition.
Al-Ahly returns to Japan in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup
Al-Ahly’s participation in the 2021 Club World Cup will be the team’s seventh participation in the World Championship, and the second in a row, as the Egyptian team had previously participated in 6 previous editions of the World Cup in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2020.
Al-Ahly knows his way to Japan well, having previously participated in the Club World Cup 4 times in the Asian country, in the years 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012.
Al-Ahly also achieved its first bronze medal in the Club World Cup in Japan in 2006, before repeating this achievement in Qatar last year.