Club World Cup: Al Ahly Plot Stretching Bayern to Penalties

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epa08721018 South African Pitso Mosimane, the new head coach of Al Ahly SC before the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Al-Ahly and El Mokaweloon at Cairo Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, 04 October 2020 EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has urged his players to have ‘fun’ against German giants Bayern Munich in Monday’s semi-final at the Club World Cup in Qatar.

On Thursday the African oversaw a 1-0 win over local Qatari champions Al Duhail to see the African Champions League winners set up the tie against the European champions.

“It would be nice to take Bayern to penalties,” Mosimane said after the match.

“We should have fun I think. We have nothing to lose, everything to get. Imagine we win that match, our life will turn around.

“Very difficult match to win. Big team, the champions, they’ve won their cup, they’ve won their league, they’ve won the Champions League. What else they haven’t won.

“OK we did the same in Africa, we won everything. The treble. But they are Bayern. Bayern has got pressure. They must beat us.”

The two sides have played each other once before in a friendly in January 2012 with the Germans winning the match, which was also played in Qatar 2-1.

This time around though there is more at stake as Al Ahly aim to be just the third African side to reach the Club World Cup final, after DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in 2010 and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca three years later on home soil.

“We don’t have pressure. We must have fun. Maybe frustrate them a little bit. And see how it goes. It would be nice to take them to penalties. So it will be 50-50.”