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FIFA Club World Cup – News – Esperance advance dramatically as semi-finals are set

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FIFA Club World Cup - News - Esperance advance dramatically as semi-finals are set

  • Defending champions Al Ahly reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals
  • Esperance, Kaizer Chiefs and Wydad additionally went by
  • Winners attain the FIFA Club World Cup

Al Ahly, Esperance, Kaizer Chiefs and Wydad are now nearer to the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2021™. seems again on the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Semi-final line-up
Wydad-Kaizer Chiefs
Chabab Belouizdad-Al Ahly

Al Ahly

Ahly dissatisfied Brazilians at Qatar 2020 – they beat Palmeiras on penalties to bag bronze – and at this time it was time to dishearten The Brazilians. Having received half one of many quarter-last 3-1, Yasser Ibrahim headed the Red Devils into an early lead in Pretoria. Mamelodi Sundows equalised by Mosa Lebusa, however they couldn’t discover one other well past Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

Did you realize?

  • Ahly have received 42 home league titles – a determine bettered solely by seven golf equipment internationally.


Esperance appeared out with little over 20 minutes remaining of their final leg with Chabab Belouizdad. Goals from Raouf Benguit and Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane however despatched the tie to penalties, the place the Tunis titans received 3-2.

Did you realize?

  • Founded 102 years in the past, Esperance are the oldest membership in Tunisia and one of many oldest in Africa.

Kaizer Chiefs

Gavin Hunt’s males carried a 4-0 into the second leg, however had been made to sweat in Tanzania. Simba ran out 3-0 winners and solely two excellent Bruce Bvuma saves secured an mixture victory for the South Africans. It put the Chiefs within the Champions League semi-finals for the primary time.

“We’ve made history,” stated Hunt. “It was very difficult today but we’re through.”

Did you realize?

  • English indie-rock band Kaizer Chiefs, whose hits embody Ruby, I Predict a Riot and Everyday I Love You Less and Less, is known as after the South African membership. It’s as a result of the band hails from Leeds and Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe started his profession with the Glamour Boys.


Walid El Karti’s harm-time purpose snatched Wydad a 1-0 win and a pair of-1 mixture victory over MC Alger. The Casablanca had been heading by on away objectives till the 26-yr-outdated midfielder, who scored the winner within the Champions League last in 2017, struck.

Did you realize?

  • Wydad have now reached the Champions League semi-finals in 5 of the final six editions and three in a row.

African membership champions

Titles Club Country
9 Al Ahly Egypt
5 Zamalek Egypt
5 TP Mazembe Congo DR
4 Esperance Tunisia
3 Haifa Guinea
3 Canon Yaounde Cameroon
3 Raja Casablanca Morocco

Africans on the Club World Cup

Two African groups have reached the FIFA World Cup last. At UAE 2010, TP Mazembe brought about a minor upset by beating Pachuca 1-0 and a significant one by gorgeous Internacional, who beat Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Ronaldinho and Barcelona within the 2006 decider, 2-0. Goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba was distinctive within the latter, however may do little to stop Inter Milan successful 3-0 to elevate the trophy.

At Morocco 2013, roared on by their residence followers, Raja Casablanca beat Auckland City 2-1 and Al Ahly by the identical rating to achieve the semi-finals. There, Mouhcine Iajour impressed a 3-1 win over Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro, earlier than they gave Bayern Munich a stern check in a 2-0 loss within the last.

Aly Ahly, for his or her half, got here third in 2006 and 2020 and fourth in 2012, with Etoile du Sahel the one different African semi-finalists in 2007.

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