Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is wary of Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly ahead of a potential semifinal clash between the two clubs at the FIFA Club World Cup that roars to life on Thursday.
Of course, the African champions have their work cut out when they take on Qatar side Al Duhail in the quarter-final on Thursday at the Education City Stadium in Qatar.But Neuer has seemingly overlooked their opponents as he believes facing the Egyptians in the semifinal could prove to be an insurmountable task.
“Right now we are still focused on the Bundesliga, but we will prepare for that match in due course,” the 34-year-old Bayern keeper told FIFA.com on Tuesday.
“We know Ahly; they won the African Champions League, so it would not be an easy mission like it was in 2013,” he added.
In their last appearance at the prestigious tournament, the Germans won the FIFA Club World Cup title in 2013 after beating Morocco’s Raja Casablanca 2-0 in the final.
Ahly met Bayern Munich twice before in two friendly matches; the first was in 1977 and ended with a 2-1 win for the Egyptian team while the second was in 2012 and ended with a 2-1 victory for the Bavarians.
On Monday, Ahly skipper Mohamed El-Shennawi said he hopes to reach the semi finals in order to meet Bayern’s counterpart Neuer and then move on to win the trophy for the first time in the African continent’s history.
“I want to meet Manuel Neuer, my goal is to win the title and If we want to be world champions, we’ll need to stick together and be a unit,” El-Shenawi told FIFA’s official website.
Ahly have made five previous appearances at the Club World Cup, the last of which was in 2013. Their best result was a third-place finish at the 2006 edition that was held in Japan.
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By Mthokozisi Dube