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We have the same chance to win as Guangzhou, says Al Ahly coach

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 21:57:58            

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian giants Al Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef said on Wednesday that his side is ready for the FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinal clash against Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrandes.

Al Ahly, which had appeared at the Club World Cup four times previously - 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, is the most successful African soccer club as they have won the CAF Champions League for eight times.

"Guangzhou is a very special opponent. They won local championship and won the Asian Champions League for the first time," Mohamed Youssef told a pre-match press conference.

"They are a strong team and have one of the most famous coaches all over the world with lots of experience.

"In the same time, we've got ready. We have the same chances as the other team. The match is hard to predict who will win. But our ambition is to pass this match."

The winners of the match will go through to meet European champions Bayern Munich next week in the semifinals.

Al Ahly's best performance in the Club World Cup was in 2006 when they finished third.

Lack of competitive matches could be a disadvantage for Al Ahly, as the Egypitan league remains suspended following last year's Port Said Stadium disaster.

Moroccan side Raja Casablanca and Auckland City of New Zealand open the Club World Cup in Agadir Wednesday night.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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