The management of Al-Ahly Club addressed the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to ensure that Auckland City withdrew from the Club World Cup.
and taught FilGoal.com Al-Ahly wants to know Auckland City’s position on participating in the light of travel bans to and from New Zealand due to the Corona virus.
Auckland City withdrew from the last 2021 edition, which was held in the United Arab Emirates, due to the difficulty of transportation due to the outbreak of the Corona virus at the time.
Instead, Piraeus from Tahiti took part, and Al Jazeera faced the hosts in the preliminary round, losing 1-4.
The next FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Morocco from February 1-11.
Al-Ahly is participating because of its rank in the African Champions League, taking advantage of the Moroccan Wydad Casablanca winning the title and holding the tournament in its country.
Auckland City, in turn, qualified for the Club World Cup after winning the 2022 OFC Champions League.
In the event that Auckland City withdraws and FIFA decides to replace it with another team, an invitation may be directed to Venus from French Sovereign Polynesia, who finished runner-up in the continental competition in Oceania.
But if Auckland City withdrew and was not replaced by another team, Al-Ahly’s participation will be confirmed directly since the quarter-final round, and thus they will face either Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, the American Seattle Sounders, or Moroccan Wydad.
Auckland City is the record holder for the number of times to participate in the Club World Cup by 9 times.
Auckland City achieved the best achievement in its history by finishing third in the 2014 edition, which was also held in Morocco.
Auckland City previously faced Al-Ahly in the quarter-finals of the 2006 edition, and Manuel Jose’s battalion won that day with goals from Amadou Flavio and Muhammad Abu Trika.
Auckland City played 15 matches overall in the competition, winning only 3 of them, drawing twice and losing 10 times.
In addition to Al-Ahly, Al-Hilal, Al-Wydad, Seattle Sounders and Auckland City, he participates in the current version. Spanish Real Madrid and Brazilian Flamengo, but they start the campaign from the semi-finals.
For his part, Al-Ahly is participating in the championship for the eighth time in its history and the third in a row.
And Al-Ahly ranked third on 3 different occasions, including the last two editions, after defeating the Brazilian Palmeiras in 2020, and the Saudi Crescent in 2021.