The opening match was supposed to be between Qatari champions Al Duhail and Auckland City of New Zealand. However, Auckland announced their withdrawal from the competition due to COVID-19.
As a result, the first round will no longer take place and Al Duhail will begin the competition from the second round, where they were drawn against African champions Al Ahly.
If the Reds manage to come out victorious against Al-Duhail on February 4th, they will face European champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
The team will travel its full squad and will decide on the final squad 24 hours before the tournament, according to the club’s sporting director Sayed Abdelhafiz.
Al Ahly legend, Ahmed Shobeir, had revealed that the club is thinking of including Momen Zakaria in their Club World Cup squad, however, the Reds confirmed that it will be difficult to take him to Qatar due to COVID-19.
Zakaria was diagnosed with the rare neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), in 2019 and hasn’t made any official appearance since 2018.