Friday 22nd January 2021
A task that will not be easy at all, awaits Al-Ahly in its first FIFA Club World Cup confrontation, especially its defense line, which is preparing to face the offensive line of the Al-Duhail team, on which the Qatari club has spent huge money during the past months.
Al-Ahly qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup, which Qatari lands between the fourth and eleventh of next February, as champion of the African Champions League, while Al-Duhail will compete in the tournament as a representative of the host country, after winning the Qatari Premier League last season.
Al-Ahly will play with Al-Duhail on the first day of the Club World Cup, where they meet at 7:30 in the evening of the fourth of February, and Ulsan Hyundai and Mexican Tigers will meet in the first round also during the same day.
Al-Duhail has strengthened its ranks strongly during the current season, especially on the offensive level, in preparation for the World Cup competitions it is playing among its fans, as it has signed prominent players during the last summer and winter transfer periods.
Al-Duhail has acquired during recent seasons two prominent names on the offensive level, namely, its young striker Al-Moez Ali, the top scorer of the last edition of the Asian Nations Cup, who grew up in the ranks of Al-Duhail youth, after a career in many European academies, where he joined the Belgian Open, the Austrian Lask of Austria and the Spanish Lyonnais respectively, And the Brazilian Edmilson, who transferred to the country team in the summer of 2018, for 7 million euros, obtained by his former club Club Brugge, Belgium.
Since joining Al-Duhail, Edmilson, who plays in the right and left wing centers, has played 64 games, during which he scored 18 goals and made 14 goals, including five goals he scored and four he made in nine matches he played this season.
Although Al-Moez Ali did not pay Al-Duhail’s coffers a lot of money, his early brilliance raised his market value to 2.7 million euros, according to the “Transfer Market” website, which specializes in evaluating players. The young striker scored five goals and scored two goals in 12 matches this season.
On loan from the Brazilian team Palmeiras, Al Duhail signed a contract with winger Dudu for 7 million euros, the value of joining the team in one season only, and the Brazilian star scored seven goals and made five, during the 14 matches he played with Al Duhail so far.
Kenyan striker Michael Olonga is the latest face to join the ranks of Al-Duhail in preparation for the World Cup, and Al-Duhail signed him for 6 million euros from the Japanese team, Kashiwa Resol, a few days ago.
Olonga has achieved impressive levels during the past seasons, scoring 58 goals and 13 assists during the last two seasons, which gave more attacking options to Sabri Lamouchi, the coach of Al Duhail.
In addition to its prominent stars, Duhail’s offensive line includes many names, such as Mohamed Muntari of Ghanaian origin and Ali Afif, and the market value of the front-line players in Al-Duhail exceeds 24 million euros, a value of nearly half a billion Egyptian pounds.