Ahly coach dreams of WC final; Abou-Treika relishes meeting Corinthians

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 9 Dec 2012

Hossam El-Badry hopes to lead Ahly to victory after team qualifies for Club World Cup semi-finals

Mohamed Abou-Treika
Ahly star Mohamed Abou-Treika celebrates after scoring a goal against Sanfrecce Hiroshima during their quarterfinal at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Toyota, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has set his sights on the Club World Cup, insisting that he and his players would "do their best" to achieve that end.

The Red Devils qualified for the Club World Cup semi-final after beating Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 on Sunday.

"Ahly fans can now dream of reaching the final. We, too, dream of this, and we'll do our best to clinch the title," El-Badry told Ahly's television channel after Sunday's match.

Despite the win, El-Badry has vented anger at the match referee, saying: "He wasn’t efficient enough; also, his assistant had faults that prevented us from playing quickly."

Ahly, winners of a record seven African Champions League titles, will appear in the semis for the second time, having finished third in the 2006 edition.

The Cairo giants will take on Brazilian outfit the Corinthians in the semi-final.

Veteran playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika, who scored the winner against Hiroshima, believes the match will be an interesting test.

"I didn’t expect to score. I'm very happy with today’s win," said the 34-year-old, who played a pivotal role in helping Ahly finish third in the 2006 Club World Cup.

"The Corinthians are a great team. We'll do our best to get a positive result and dedicate the title to the victims of [February's] Port Said stadium disaster."

“Playing with Brazilian opponents is always interesting for me. Also, Brazil is a great thing for me, especially since I dream of reaching the World Cup there with the national team," he concluded.

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