Qatar champions Al-Duhail Sports Club will face Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the first game of the tournament on February 4, according to Al-Duhail SC Director Adnan Al Ali.
If the Asians win the match, they will then take on European champions Bayern Munich in the next round.
Ali has stated the team will first enter into a camp on February 1 for special preparations ahead of the clash against the Egyptian heavyweights.
“The draw was done and our match against Al- Ahly the Egyptian and African champions will be difficult,” Ali told the club’s website.
“We will have different preparations for this tournament, preparations that are different from ones for local competitions.
“We are the host team for Club World Cup and we hope to have an honourable appearance and achieve positive results. If we succeed against Al Ahly, we will confront Bayern Munich which is definitely going to be a very difficult match,” he said.
The director said they will highly depend on their players.
“We will have a match in the Amir Cup against Al Ahly SC and it will act as one of the preparations for FIFA Club World Cup,” he said.
Michael Olunga – who is set to appear for the first time in the global club competition is among the new players who joined the Qatar club that earned a place in the tournament after the withdrawal of Auckland City FC.
After the withdrawal of New Zealand (Auckland City FC withdrew citing stringent coronavirus regulations) and reaching the second stage of the championship, the management decided to have the team in a closed camp from February 1.
“It is the best and special way to prepare the players for the Al Ahly match and we trust the ability of the technical staff to prepare the players technically and physically for the showdown,” he said.
The Director pointed out that Olunga and new players were brought specifically to help Al-Duhail achieve their ambitions in the Club World Cup.