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African champions Al Ahly finished sixth place at the Club World Cup in Morocco follow the club’s worse performance in the tournament: a 5-1 loss to Mexican side Monterrey.
Al Ahly, who went into the match following a 2-0 loss against Marcello Lippi’s Guangzhou Evergrande, were struck by five goals from Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday.
Two consecutive loses at the FIFA Club World Cup indicates that something is terribly wrong with the African champions and needs to be fixed immediately.
Having seven first team players injured clearly had a great impact on the team, with Mohamed Abou-Treika – who was injured against Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande last Saturday – making the top of the injury list.
Al Ahly’s starting XI:
Sherif Ekramy – Ahmed Fathi – Wael Gomaa – Mohamed Naguib – Ahmed Shedid Kenawy – Hossam Ashour – Rami Rabia – Abdullah El-Said -Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ – Walid Soliman – Emad Meteb.
Al Ahly started the match with a nice play between Walid Soliman and Abdullah El Said, who sent the ball flying to Emad Meteb but his header was beside the post.
Monterrey responded quickly, Humberto Suazo slotted the ball through to Neri Cardozo who finished with aplomb.
Emad Meteb responded in an equally fast and strong way, scoring the equalizer in the 8th minute.
The Egyptian international received a ball from Ahmed Shedid and finished from a tight angle.
Monterrey managed to restore their lead and score two more goals in only the first half.
César Delgado was able to beat the offside trap, and finish high into the net to make it 2-1 to the Mexican side.
Not long after that, Leobardo López unleashed a stinging volley from the edge of the box which rolled under Ekramy’s hands.
Leobardo López was once again in the centre of trouble. In the 44th minute, Wael Gomaa fouled Lopez inside the box which left the referee with no decision but to award a penalty. Chilean international Humberto Suarez stepped up and calmly made it 4-1.
Mohamed Youssef started the second half by replacing Ahmed Shedid with Saad El Dein Samir in an attempt to stabilise Al Ahly defensively.
Al Ahly exerted more pressure, Emad Meteb was in a great position in which he decided to shoot, much to the dismay of his teammates.
Abdullah El Said also tried his luck with a strike, only to be kept out by Jonathan Orozco.
César Delgado soon delivered the coup de grace finishing off a team move, this goal made history as he became the all time top scorer of the competition surpassing Lionel Messi, Denilson and Mohamed Abou-Treika.
Mohamed Youssef then made a double change as Ahmed Shokry came on for Walid Soliman and Amr Gamal replaced Emad Meteb.
Humberto Suazo then had the chance to double his score in the match in front of an empty net but bizarrely missed.
An awful performance by the African giants, with the defense mostly at fault. The Mexicans punished Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Naguib – the same centre-back partnership who started for Egypt when they were thrashed 6-1 by Ghana just a little over two months ago in Kumasi. It was notable that Al Ahly’s defense was better when Saad Samir came in for Shedid Kenawy.
Mohamed Youssef has a lot to do before the kick off of the Egyptian Premier League and the 2014 African Champions League if Al Ahly want to be known as a world class team, not just for dominating in Africa.
Youssef needs to start working on getting youth players into the team because Al Ahly has been dependent on the the same players for so long now. Furthermore, Abou-Treika may has played his final game as a footballer last weekend, someone must be able to fill some of the space he is going to leave.
Al Ahly, who have participated in five FIFA World Cup tournaments, also finished sixth place in 2005 and 2008. They finished fourth last year but their best ever achievement at the tournament was a third place finish in 2006.