African flag-bearers Al Ahly of Egypt admit they will be ranked outsiders against Bayern Munich on Monday in the Club World Cup semi-finals, despite boasting a 32-match unbeaten record in all competitions.
After a 1-0 quarter-finals victory over Al Duhail from host nation Qatar, South Africa-born coach Pitso Mosimane conceded that the odds are stacked against his Cairo Red Devils.
“Just about everybody expects Bayern to win and many pundits are saying the only outstanding issue is the winning margin.
“But all the pressure is on the European champions and there is none on us. We must enter the field, play with a smile, do our best and hope for a sensational outcome.
“Football can be a very funny game sometimes. Remember what Leicester City did in the English Premier League a few seasons ago?
“Bayern are the team that defeated a Barcelona side including Lionel Messi 8-2 in the Champions League last season,” he reminded reporters in Doha.
“They have won everything there is to win — all the German trophies plus the Champions League. They have an awesome squad.
“Bayern have also lifted the Club World Cup trophy before, defeating Raja Casablanca in the 2013 final in Morocco.”
Ahly brought 23 players to Qatar, including Congolese Walter Bwalya, Malian Aliou Dieng, Moroccan Badr Benoun, Nigerian Junior Ajayi and Tunisian Ali Maaloul.