Al Ahly and Auckland City will be locking horns in the first round of the FIFA Club World Cup at Grand Stade de Tiger.
Al Ahly and Auckland City will be beginning their journey in the FIFA World Cup 2023 with a first round clash on Wednesday. Seven teams from all over the globe will be competing in Morocco in the quest to be crowned the champions of the world. The winner of this tie will face MLS outfit, Seattle Sounders in the round two of the Club World Cup. With so much riding on this fixture, it promises to be an exciting and thrilling encounter for everyone involved.
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|Al Ahly vs Auckland City||Key Details|
|Date||2 February, 2023 (India)|
1 February, 2023 (Egypt and New Zealand)
|Venue||Grand Stade de Tiger|
|Kickoff time India||12:30 am IST (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time Egypt||9:00 pm EEST (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time New Zealand||8:00 am NZDT (Thursday)|
Al Ahly have been in terrific form recently. In their last six games, they have managed five victories accompanied by just a single draw. The Egyptian outfit are involved in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup thanks to a runners-up position in the 2022 CAF Champions League. Domestically, they are six points clear in the Egyptian league. No other team has played more Club World Cup fixtures than Al Ahly’s 18. In the last two editions of the competition, they have been awarded the bronze medal.
Auckland City won their 10th OFC Champions League title last year to ensure yet another participation in the FIFA Club World Cup. This will be the New Zealand outfit’s tenth appearance in the competition which is a record in itself. Having been forced to skip the competition last year, Auckland City will be determined to bounce back quickly this time around. However, they haven’t been involved in a competitive outing since over a month and that could affect their sharpness.
Both the coaches will be looking to name their respective strongest XIs to assist them in ensuring qualification to the next round of the tournament.
Al Ahly’s possible line-up: El Shenawy, Hany, Metwaly, Rabia, Maaloul, Afsha, Dieng, Fathi, El Shahat, Sherif, Kader
Auckland City possible line-up: Tracey, Murati, Mitchell, Boxall, Lobo, Den Heijer, Howieson, Garriga, Manickum, De Vries, Tade
|National Bank||1-0 (W)|
|Zamalek SC||0-3 (W)|
|Smouha SC||3-1 (W)|
|Wellington Olympic||3-2 (W)|
|Melville United||2-0 (W)|
|Christchurch United||2-3 (W)|
|Wellington Phoenix||2-0 (W)|
The FIFA Club World Cup match between Al Ahly and Auckland City will take place at Grand Stade de Tiger on Thursday at 12:30 am IST.
The FIFA Club World Cup match between Al Ahly and Auckland City can be seen on FIFA+ for free all over the globe.
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