Preview: Ahly face Belouizdad in final test before FIFA Club World Cup campaign

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 7 Dec 2023

Egyptian powerhouse Ahly are set to face Algeria's Chabab De Belouizdad in a crucial encounter, a final test before their FIFA Club World Cup campaign.

Egypt's Ahly vs. Tanzania's Young Africans in the CAF Champions League. Ahly twitter account.


The match is scheduled for Friday and marks the third round of Group D games in the CAF Champions League.

Ahly are determined to maintain their flawless start in the group stage.

They have already secured an impressive 3-0 victory over Ghana's Medeama in their opening match, followed by an away 1-1 draw against Tanzania's Young Africans.

With four points, Ahly currently lead Group D, closely followed by Medeama and Chabab De Belouizdad, both trailing by just one point.

Young Africans sit at the bottom of the group with a single point.

The return of defenders Mohamed Abdel-Moneim and Yasser Ibrahim, who have recovered from their injuries, is a welcome boost for Ahly.

French striker Anthony Modeste, midfielder Karim Walid, and Tunisian winger Mohamed Dhaoui have also resumed training after their recovery from injuries.

However, Dhaoui and Walid were unable to join Ahly's squad for their upcoming trip to Jeddah next week.

Ahly's Swiss coach is diligently preparing the team ahead of their participation in the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup.

The tournament will take place in Saudi Arabia from 12 to 22 December.

Ahly's Club World Cup campaign will commence on 15 December against the winner of the preliminary match between New Zealand's Auckland City and Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad Club.

On the other side, Chabab De Belouizdad aim to bounce back after their recent 2-0 defeat to Medeama.

They are eager to improve their position in the group rankings after their successful start in the CAF Champions League, which saw them secure a convincing 3-0 victory over Young Africans.

In Friday’s game, the Algerian team will be missing defense duo Chouaib Keddad and Youcef Laouafi due to injuries, but the coach expressed great confidence in his team.

"Our players are suffering from fatigue after the hard trip to Ghana, but they are motivated and trained well on Monday and are fully focused on the Ahly game," Lucas Paqueta was quoted as saying by the club’s official Facebook page.

"Even though we have some absentees, the team is ready to secure a positive result against Ahly," the Brazilian tactician added.

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