On the road to Qatar 2020
Al Ahly validates his ticket for the group stage after successively dominating Atlabara (South Sudan) and Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea). While they cannot prevent the Etoile du Sahel from taking first place, the Red Devils still manage to beat Platinum (Zimbabwe) and Al Hilal (Sudan). Opposed to the Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals, they take their revenge on the South Africans, who had left them unceremoniously in 2019, by winning 2-0 in Cairo, before snatching the 1-1 draw in Pretoria. In the last four, they easily outclass Wydad Casablanca (5-1 cumulative) and immediately won the “final of the century” at the expense of their great rival, Zamalek (2-1).
Al Ahly executives surprised by appointing Pitso Mosimane as coach, just before the semi-finals. Winner of the CAF Champions League 2016 with the Mamelodi Sundowns, the South African is however not a beginner at this level. By a curious irony of fate, Mosimane and his Mamelodi Sundowns were eliminated in 2020 by … Al Ahly. The native of Kagiso has undeniable assets, starting with his great knowledge of African football and his astonishing ability to read the game.
Under his leadership, Al Ahly has grown into a strong team in all areas. Goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy is considered one of the best post specialists on the continent. The midfielder often shines with his creativity, while in attack, Marwan Mohsen, Nigerian Junior Ajayi and Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy, author of the winning goal in the final, demonstrate formidable efficiency. Tunisian Ali Maaloul, a left side with a very offensive temperament, usefully completes this very promising picture.
At the state
6 – Following his victory in the CAF Champions League, synonymous with qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup, Al Ahly is preparing to overtake Real Madrid in the ranking of the number of participations. The Red Devils will play their sixth tournament; the Madrilenians, meanwhile, remain blocked at 5 appearances. Auckland City retains the top spot, however, with nine appearances.