Thursday 9 December 2021
Ahmed Mujahid, head of the tripartite committee that runs the Football Association, confirmed that a breakthrough may occur soon in the crisis of the date of the Club World Cup and its conflict with the nations of Africa.
Al-Ahly had officially contacted the International Football Association “FIFA” due to the conflicting date of the Club World Cup and the African Nations in Cameroon.
Al-Ahly will play its first match in the Club World Cup on February 5 against Mexicos Monterrey, and may suffer from the absence of its players participating in the African Nations with Egypt, as well as Tunisia, Mali and Morocco if they reach the semi-finals of the African Championship.
Mujahid said in statements via “BN Sports”, “To be fair, the picture is confused about the date of the African Nations Cup and setting the date for the Club World Cup in the period before the final, as if Egypt will not qualify for the semi-finals and final, and God willing, Egypt will qualify for the semi-finals and final.” .
“God willing, Egypt will win the Arab Cup and qualify for the final of the African Nations Cup, and in March we qualify for the World Cup,” he added.
He continued, “The problem is not only with the players of the Egyptian national team, but there is Ali Maaloul with Tunisia and Elio Diang with Mali, and there may be Badr Banoun also from Morocco, and therefore the team will miss many players of basic strength and Al-Ahly will be affected by this matter.”
He continued, “We are in constant contact with the International Federation. There was a meeting via Zoom, which was attended by representatives of Al-Ahly Club and a representative of the Football Association with FIFA, and there are attempts to find a formula that helps Al-Ahly in the Club World Cup.”
“Al-Ahly has already sent an official letter and we have addressed ‘enough’ about it so that the nations of Africa will be presented for a few days to solve this problem,” he said.
He stressed, “The Club World Cup in the Arab state, the Emirates, and this is an important point. The presence of Al-Ahly may be more important for the fans and the championship than the presence of a European or American team, for commercial rights and broadcasting, the presence of an important European team, but publicly, the presence of Al-Ahly is very important in Arab countries, such as the Egyptian team.” .
And he concluded, “God willing, a formula that satisfies all parties will be reached and Al-Ahly will appear optimally in the World Cup, while preserving the priority for the Egyptian team. There will be a breakthrough, God willing, in the crisis.”