Dozens of fans of Al-Ahly, the African Champions League champion, received the team’s delegation that arrived today in Doha to participate in the World Cup, along with 5 of the six continental federations champions, in addition to the Al-Duhail team representing the host country.
Also today, the South Korean Ulsan Hyundai team returned to Doha, which it left last month after winning the AFC Champions League title last December at Al Janoub Stadium, after beating Iranian Persepolis 2-1 in the final of the tournament.
Al-Ahly had qualified for the Clubs World Cup after winning the CAF Champions League for the ninth time in its history, after beating fellow Zamalek in the final of the tournament in Cairo 2-1.
Upon their arrival at the airport, the two teams conducted “Covid-19” checks before moving to the residence, in line with the preventive measures of the Ministry of Public Health in the State of Qatar and the local organizing committee of the tournament to prevent the spread of the Corona virus, in a manner that guarantees the health and safety of all participants in the tournament.
Within the framework of the preventive health measures adopted to ensure a safe tournament for all participants, the members of each participating team and the accompanying technical and administrative staff will remain within the medical isolation circuit system known as the “medical bubble” throughout the competition period, as everyone’s movement is limited to accommodations, training grounds, and two stadiums. On which the tournament will be held.
The Asian champion will begin his tournament next Thursday against Tigress Unal of Mexico, the champion of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), at the “Ahmed Bin Ali” stadium, in the first match of the tournament at 5 pm (Doha time), followed by the match between Al-Ahly and Al-Duhail at Al-Madina Stadium. Educational services at 8:30 pm (Doha time).
“Tigers” Ulsan aspires, through participating in the tournament in Qatar, to win the tenth consecutive match after their successful campaign in the last edition of the AFC Champions League.
If the team succeeds in winning its match against the Mexican team, it will qualify for the semi-final match against the South American champion, which will be decided on Saturday during the Copa Libertadores final between Palmeiras and the Brazilian Santos, while the winner in the Al-Ahly and Al-Duhail match will hit a date with Bayern Munich, European champion in Semi-final tournament.
Al-Ahly club coach Pitso Musimani said, “We are happy to participate in this global sporting event that is being held on the land of the State of Qatar, where many members of the Egyptian community reside from Al-Ahly club fans, and our team looks forward to supporting and supporting its fans in the match that we will play in front of Al-Duhail Club next Thursday.” There is no doubt that this match will be an important test in our quest to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament and face Bayern Munich, the European champions. “
It is noteworthy that Doha will host the FIFA Club World Cup from February 4 to 11, after it was postponed from last December due to the challenges posed by the “Covid-19” pandemic.