Can Zamalek go all the way to the Club World Cup?

Egyptian club Zamalek are well on their way to progressing to the CAF Champions League final after a semi-final first leg 4-0 demolition of Moroccan’s Wydad Casablanca in Alexandria at the weekend.

The Egyptians will still need to negotiate a second leg in Morocco on Saturday, but they will likely reach the final based on the overwhelming margin from the first encounter. They would then face either Zesco United of Zambia, or South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Zamalek keeper Ahmed Elshenawy is not focused on either of their African counterparts, however, as his thoughts are already on the FIFA Club World Cup, with the winner of the CAF Champions League qualifying to represent Africa at the global tournament.

Speaking to Egyptian television, the shot-stopper revealed his ambition to play against UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid.

‘The dream of reaching the Club World Cup is now close. Sure, I hope to face Real Madrid in FIFA Club World Cup,’ he said. ‘I won one league title and two Egyptian Cups so I miss the CAF Champions League title.’

Elshenawy was the subject of some transfer speculation involving English Premier League club Chelsea earlier in the year, and a move to Europe would please the keeper.

‘I hope to achieve my dream of playing in Europe and my team’s chairman won’t mind when we receive a good offer,’ he added.

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