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Egypt's Ahly aiming for place in FIFA Club World Cup

Top club in Africa to face its Asian counterpart at quarterfinal stage of FIFA Club World Cup

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 10 Oct 2013
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Egypt's Al Ahly Players celebrate winning their African Champions League (CAF) after their final soccer match against Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis at the Rades stadium in Tunis, November 17, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Club World Cup draw in Morocco on Thursday placed the African champion with the Asian champion at the quarterfinal stage.

The African Champions League winner will not be known until mid-November, with Egypt's Ahly taking on Coton Sport of Cameroon in one semi-final, and South Africa's Orlando Pirates against Tunisia's Esperance in the other.

The Asian Champions League is through to the final stage with South Korea's FC Seoul tackling Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande of China in a two-legged clash that ends the day before the African showpiece.

The tournament will take place in Morocco for the first time following previous editions in Brazil, Japan and the UAE.

European Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Copa Libertadores winners Atletico Mineiro from Brazil received byes directly into the last four.

The Club World Cup draw:

Preliminary match (Match 1)

Raja Casablanca (Myanmar) vs. Auckland City (New Zealand)

Quarterfinals:

Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. Monterrey

Match 2: Winner of AFC Champions League vs. Winner of CAF Champions League

Semifinals:

Winner of Match 2 vs. Bayern Munich

Winner of Match 3 vs. Atletico Mineiro

Chairman of the tournament's Local Organising Committee Mohamed Raouraoua revealed referees would use new technology.

"Goal-line technology will indeed be used during the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013," Raouraoua told reporters after the draw.

"This will therefore be the third time it has been used, after the Club World Cup in Japan last year and the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. It's a first for Africa, though, and that makes this competition a historic event," he added.

"We're very happy to be in Morocco for the 10th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, which is being held on African soil for the very first time," Raouraoua concluded.

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