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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – An Al Ahly super fan’s dream becomes reality

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - An Al Ahly super fan's dream becomes reality
  • Mohamed Abouzeid is a member of the FIFA Fan Movement
  • He not too long ago attended matches on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™
  • Here’s his first-hand account of the expertise

Sixteen years in the past, in December 2005, Al Ahly SC participated on the FIFA Club World Cup™ for the primary time of their historical past.

At that point, I used to be attending college and would by no means miss a single Al Ahly match, travelling throughout Africa to help the staff from the stands. However, because of the match being held in Japan, I used to be unable to journey and be with the staff.

That day a brand new want was born inside me and each ‘Ahlawy’. That want was to comply with Al Ahly to the Club World Cup. As our chant goes: “Wherever you may go, we follow you.”

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Sixteen years later, this want turned a reality and I attended Al Ahly’s first match on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. My staff is enjoying on the highest stage in a world membership competitors, and that is one thing I’m very pleased with. My staff’s presence among the many world’s continental champions is a historic occasion.

The second when Hussein Elshahat scored Al Ahly’s profitable objective is among the most memorable moments I’ve skilled in following Al Ahly during the last 30 years. It is a second that I’ll cherish eternally. For me and as a supporter, the enjoyment of seeing your staff rating a objective at a World Cup is totally totally different. There isn’t any greater glory. What offers a distinct flavour to this 12 months’s FIFA Club World Cup expertise is the truth that it takes place at stadiums set to host the FIFA World Cup™, simply 22 months from now.

Despite the troublesome circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing restrictions between followers, the match’s environment has been superb and offered followers of the golf equipment attending some everlasting reminiscences.

FIFA Fan Movement member Mohamed Abouzeid

When I used to be a baby, my household all the time took me to the stadium to observe Al Ahly’s matches. From there, my ardour for soccer began, in addition to my love for Al Ahly after all. Now, I lastly obtained the chance to provide my son the identical expertise, that my household gave to me after I was a baby.

February 4 was my son Selim’s first ever Al-Ahly match, the staff he loves too. He obtained to take a seat with Al-Ahly’s supporters and was so glad and excited. The subsequent morning, I discovered Selim sitting alone in his room, singing the well-known chant “Let’s go Ahly”. This was music to my ears!

I take into account him to be a really fortunate youngster resulting from the truth that his first ever reside Al-Ahly match was a victory within the FIFA Club World Cup. There isn’t any higher begin to his Al-Ahly journey than that.

It was not simply Selim that skilled this second. The stadium had plenty of households in attendance. I used to be witnessing proper in entrance of me, the love for Al-Ahly being taught and handed down from era to era. 

In the semi-last towards Bayern Munich, Al Ahly could have misplaced, however I’m positive the gamers benefited from testing themselves. To see the place they stand compared to European soccer. For my son and the opposite girls and boys, there was additionally a lesson: soccer entails profitable, and shedding.

At the ultimate whistle, we saluted our gamers, thanking them for his or her effort towards the strongest membership staff on the earth. We will demand a good greater effort within the third place match, to attempt to add one other bronze medal to the one gained in 2006.

One day, I hope the stands can be stuffed with followers once more, and I get to see Al-Ahly within the last they usually win. Even as an grownup, you by no means cease dreaming!

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