Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
African heavyweights Al Ahly could play against European champions Bayern Munich in the 2020 FIFA World Club Cup slated for early next month.
The Egyptian record champions were drawn against Qatari champions Al Duhail for the second round encounter where the eventual winners face Bayern Munich.
The tournament will be played between 4th – 11th February in Qatar and will involve only six clubs from five different continents following the withdrawal of New Zealand’s Auckland City due to COVID-19.
Other clubs in the tournament include Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea and CONCACAF champions Tigres UANL of Mexico.
The other sixth team will either be Palmeiras or Santos from Brazil who will vie for the CONMEBOL championship in an all Brazilian final slated for January 30th.
Al Ahly qualified for the Club World Cup after winning the CAF Champions League for the record ninth time when they beat rivals Zamalek 2-1 in November.
They will be taking part in this competition for the sixth time with the hope of replicating their best performance of finishing third when they beat Club America 2-1 in 2006 courtesy of Mohammed Aboutrika.
Al Duhail which is also the new home to Kenyan striker Michael Olunga, will automatically take part in the tournament since they are the champions of the host nation Qatar.
Bayern Munich qualified for this tournament after winning the UEFA Champions League when they beat PSG 1-0 in August last year thanks to Kingsley Coman’s header.