Hossam El-Badry: Club World Cup return is our aim
Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry has targeted a FIFA Club World Cup return for the Red Devils, following the CAF Champions League group stage draw held in Cairo on Wednesday.
El-Badry stressed that his side were drawn in a tough group at the CAF Champions League after they were pitted in Group D alongside Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Cameroon’s Coton Sport and Zanaco FC of Zambia.
“Our group isn’t easy at all, however, our goal is to return to the FIFA Club World Cup,” El-Badry said, stressing that Al Ahly will be aiming to win this season’s CAF Champions League title.
“All our opponents are very experienced in this competition, but Al Ahly will be more than ready for these thrilling encounters.”
Al Ahly will face Zambian side Zanaco FC in their group stage opener on the weekend of May 12, before travelling to Cameroon to face Coton Sport. The Red Devils will play Wydad home and away in June and will then face Zanaco and Coton in July.
“The team that want to compete for the CAF Champions League title have to respect all other opponents and prepare well,” the 57-year-old manager explained.
“We will do all it takes to achieve positive results in the group stage and go through to the quarter-final. We want to fulfill the dreams of the fans by winning the competition and qualifying for the World Cup,” he added.
Record eight-time winners Al Ahly last won the title in 2013. They qualified for this season’s 16-team group stage after beating South Africa’s Bidvest Wits 1-0 on aggregate.
Although Al Ahly were handed a relatively tough draw, the Red Devils have been in excellent form this season, topping the Egyptian Premier League, while only conceding four goals after 25 games.
Egypt’s other representative Zamalek were drawn in Group B alongside USM Alger of Algeria, Ahli Tripoli of Libya and Caps United of Zimbabwe.
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