The Africa Cup of Nations finals is set to be staged in January 2021 after a year postponement due to the hiatus.
Some weeks back, a communique was released by World football governing body stating that the FIFA Club World Cup will hold from 3 February 2022 up until the 12th of February 2022.
However, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected the request of Egypt and African Champions League champions Al Ahly to adjust the January 9th date set for Africa’s most important continental showpiece.
Al Ahly are the defending champions of CAF Champions League and are influential in different national teams of Africa.
They’ve players of different national teams like Ali Maaloul (Tunisia), Aliou Dieng (Mali), Badr Benoun (Morocco) and a whole lot of their stars with Egypt.
Nadi El Watanniyah will take part in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, the last time out was in 2021 where they lost to FC Bayern Munich 2-0.
Pitso Mosimane will be looking forward to repeat the feat again with the event set to kick off from 3 February 2022 to the 12th, in the United Arab Emirates.
Al Ahly will have to compete without some of their key players with Egypt, Mali and Morocco surely reaching the knockout stages of AFCON.
The Cairo based club however requested that the Egyptian FA influence the African Football chiefs in other to sort out this issue.
Al Ahly in their statement revealed that they sent a letter to the EFA in which they stressed the role they have played in helping the national team since its inception.
They expressed the importance of the full support of Egypt’s football governing body as they’d representing Africa as a whole not just the Pharaoh nation.
According to Egyptian publication Ahram, CAF didn’t give their appeal a consideration and reiterated that the the kick-off date for the Africa Cup of Nations remains 9th January 2022.
Egypt have been grouped alongside Nigeria, Sudan and Guinea Bissau in Group D.