- Al Ahly SC keeper Mohammed El Shenawy dreaming of massive issues at Qatar 2020
- Appeared for Egypt on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
- “I’d like to meet Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer,” he mentioned.
African champions Al Ahly SC head into the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020™ with expertise certainly one of their main belongings. The Egyptian membership are all set for his or her sixth look within the competitors, decided to enhance on their greatest ever consequence: third place in 2006, on the second of these appearances.
In their bid to excel at Qatar 2020, the Red Devils are banking on their goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, an Egypt worldwide and key determine within the membership’s ninth CAF Champions League win, a marketing campaign through which he conceded simply 5 targets.
Aside from being in tremendous kind, the Al Ahly captain – an imposing presence between the posts at 6’3 (1.91m) tall – additionally boasts plenty of main match expertise. He even made two appearances for the Pharaohs on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™: in opposition to the host nation and Uruguay.
As he defined, El Shenawy sees his presence on the Club World Cup as one thing of a private milestone: “Playing for my nation on the World Cup after which participating on the Club World Cup is a significant achievement for me.
“They’re two competitions that every player dreams of taking part in. It’s an added responsibility for me. Playing at an international tournament like the Club World Cup takes a lot of determination and hard work. Al Ahly, the players, and the coaching staff have all made a huge effort to be at this competition.”
The Egyptian facet will kick off their Qatar 2020 marketing campaign in opposition to host membership Al Duhail SC. With his world finals expertise in opposition to Russia in 2018, the 32-12 months-previous El Shenawy is aware of what to count on in his bid to assist his membership facet negotiate that first impediment after which guarantee they go so far as they will within the match.
“We’ve got Al Duhail first up, which will be a special game because they’re an Arab team playing at home and in front of their own fans,” he mentioned. “We’re anticipating a tricky match.
“Al Duhail are a strong side with some quality players. They’ve made some big signings, bringing in a forward and a defender. We’ve watched their last few games in the Qatari league and we know it’s going to be a big battle. We need to prepare the best we can so we can put in a good performance.”
Collective targets, private desires
If they will get previous the hosts, El Shenawy and his group-mates will arrange a historic assembly with European champions Bayern Munich, who gained the Club World Cup again in 2013, the final time Al Ahly featured within the competitors.
As the skipper acknowledged, nonetheless, it’s too quickly to discuss in regards to the German giants: “The most essential factor for us is to win our opening match in opposition to Al Duhail, which gained’t be simple.
“Qualifying for the second round and taking on Bayern Munich would be amazing for us, the players, because we’ll be taking on the best team in Europe. It’s what every player dreams of.”
Nevertheless, El Shenawy is hungry for extra than simply that at Qatar 2020: he needs to assist Al Ahly grow to be the primary African facet to win the FIFA Club World Cup.
“The team wants to go as far as it can and have a good tournament,” he mentioned. “We’ll take it game by game to achieve our objective. My goal is to win the title. If we want to be world champions, we’ll need to stick together and be a unit.”
It stays to be seen if the Al Ahly captain’s dream will grow to be a actuality on the Education City Stadium on 11 February, when he and his group-mates hope to be lifting the FIFA Club World Cup excessive within the sky.