Ahly will be looking to put on an entertaining show in Japan when they play at the FIFA Club World Cup, veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika said on Friday.
The Red Devils open their campaign on Sunday against hosts Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who beat New Zealand’s part-timers Auckland City 1-0 in the first round.
A Club World Cup participation for Ahly, Egypt’s most successful club, used to dominate headlines in a football-mad country but the majority of Egyptians have little appetite for sports amid a political turmoil.
Egypt is currently rife with incessant demonstrations and clashes between supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president who stirred controversy after issuing a decree that shields his decisions from judicial review last month.
“We are here for entertainment, just for entertainment. We want to put a smile on the face of Egyptians in such hard circumstances,” Abou-Treika told Ahly’s official website.
“This motivates us to do our best and get good results in Japan,” added the 34-year-old, who played a pivotal role in helping Ahly finish third at the 2006 Club World Cup.
Should Ahly beat Hiroshima, they will set up an intriguing clash against Copa Libertadores winners Corinthians of Brazil.
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