After claiming the bronze medal of the FIFA Club World Cup, Ahly players arrived at Cairo Airport on Friday to start preparations for the African Champions League group stage games.
The Cairo giants claimed the FIFA Club World Cup's bronze medal for a second time after beating South American champions Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties following a goal-less draw in Qatar's Al-Rayyan on Thursday.
Ahly started their mission in the prestigious tournament on 4 February by beating hosts Qatari side Al-Duhail 1-0 before suffering a narrow 2-0 loss to the World Champions Bayern Munich, that set up a third place decider game against Palmeiras.
The record nine-time African champions are scheduled to face Al-Merrikh of Sudan in the first round of Group A games of the CAF Champions League on Tuesday.
Keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, who was the hero during the victory over Palmeiras, revealed that him and his teammates will forget the great achievement they did in Qatar and they will only concentrate on winning the Champions League title for the 10th time in the team's history.
"We will concentrate on the coming games as we are working to keep the CAF Champions League trophy at home by claiming our 10th title as well as returning again to the FIFA Club World Cup," El-Shennawi was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
Ahly broke more records after claiming the bronze medal as it is the first time for the Red devils to overcome the Copa Libertadores winners. They are the African team that has achieved the most victories in the FIFA Club World Cup with five victories in total.
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