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Al Ahly to write to 3 football bodies over FIFA Club World Cup concerns!

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Al Ahly have announced that they will be writing letters to three different football bodies over their FIFA Club World Cup concerns.

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The three football bodies are the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Confederation of African Football (CAF) and International Football Association (IFA).

Pitso Mosimane’s charges will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Club World Cup commitment in February but they will do that without several of their key players.

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And that’s because the Club World Cup will take place between 3-12 February 2022 while the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled between 9 January and 6 February 2022.

At least seven to nine of Al Ahly players are regulars in the Egyptian national team while three more stars in Ali Maaloul (Tunisia), Aliou Diang (Mali) and Badr Banon (Morocco) are likely to be with their respective national teams.

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This means Al Ahly may go to the FIFA Club World Cup without 12 of their star players due to the clash of dates with the AFCON tournament.

Al Ahly will take on Mexican side FC Monterrey in the second round of the Club World Cup, and should they win, they will face ES Palmeiras of Brazil in the semi-finals.

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FULL STATEMENT BY AL AHLY

Al-Ahly club decided to send letters to the Egyptian Football Association, the Confederation of African Football, and the International Football Association, to raise the damage caused to the football team due to a conflict of dates between the Club World Cup, which will be held during the period between February 3-12, and the African Nations Championship. It will be held from January 9 to February 6.

In its letters sent tomorrow, the club will request the necessity of solving this crisis, in a manner that does not conflict with the interest of the national team and the interest of Al-Ahly, the representative of Egypt and Africa in that world championship. 

The national team includes between 7-9 players from Al-Ahly, in addition to the presence of a number of its professional players in the ranks of their national teams, such as Ali Maaloul, Aliou Diang and Badr Banon, which will affect the team because of the participation of these players with their national teams in the African Nations Cup.

Al Ahly statement

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