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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – From tragedy to triumph for Al Ahly’s Ashraf

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - From tragedy to triumph for Al Ahly's Ashraf
  • Ayman Ashraf misplaced his sister and mom in tragic automobile accident
  • Defender suffered severe cruciate ligament harm
  • Qatar 2020 look a excessive level after private {and professional} setbacks

Wednesday 16 September 2016 is a date without end etched within the reminiscence of Ayman Ashraf. On that fateful day, the Al Ahly defender misplaced his mom and sister in a tragic automobile accident on their manner to go to him in Alexandria.

For Ashraf, the expertise was a residing nightmare. Two years after the accident, the 29-yr-previous defender posted on his Twitter web page, saying: “Two years ago, I lost the two most beloved people in my life. I try to forget so that I can have a normal life, but every day something reminds me of them. I remember all the details. I no longer feel any pain, as nothing is more painful than losing them.”

Ashraf’s phrases level to the deep disappointment he felt on the time. The yr earlier than, he sustained a cruciate ligament harm simply as he was about to make his full worldwide debut underneath then Egypt coach Shawky Gharib, forcing into an extended interval on the sidelines. Over time, nonetheless, he returned to soccer and realized to cope along with his loss, resume a way of normality and switch the web page on this most tragic of chapters.

Ayman Ashraf of Al Ahly SC poses after being named Player of the Match 

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New spell with Al Ahly

Indicative of this new starting was his choice to re-signal for Al Ahly, the place, little by little, he started to rediscover his kind and safe a primary XI beginning berth – this regardless of competitors from the likes of Ali Maaloul and Sabri Rahil. He ultimately grew to become indispensable within the Red Devils’ again line and final yr received an historic treble, together with the CAF Champions League ultimate in opposition to Zamalek.

Ashraf completely exemplifies the previous saying that ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’, and alternatives don’t come a lot greater than the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™, the place the defender is at the moment competing along with his membership.

His spectacular efficiency in opposition to Al Duhail SC earned him the Alibaba Cloud Award for Man of the Match and helped his group attain the semi-finals. Despite incessant strain from their Qatari opponents within the second half, Ashraf and his group-mates on the again stood agency to hold the Al Ahly aim intact.

Dream encounter with Bayern

Like all of the Al Ahly gamers, Ashraf will fulfil a dream when he runs out in opposition to Bayern Munich, the UEFA Champions League winners and one the very best golf equipment on the earth. The defender is making ready for the sport of a lifetime, wherein he shall be examined in opposition to a number of high forwards, together with Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller.

Asked in regards to the sport, Ashraf stated: “We guarantee our followers we’ll do all we will in opposition to Bayern. We’ll do our utmost to characterize Al Ahly is the easiest way doable.

“We’ll examine them to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and put together nicely earlier than the sport on Monday. We’ll additionally keep away from the errors we made in opposition to Al Duhail. Our aim is to make our followers pleased and placed on a efficiency befitting of our nice membership.”

The Al Ahly SC team form a huddle on the pitch prior to the FIFA Club World Cup

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