Mahmoud Hamid Soliman ‘Kahraba’ has expressed his desire to win the 2021 Fifa Club World Cup with Al Ahly.
Having emerged as winners of the 2019-20 Caf Champions League, the Egyptian Premier League side will represent Africa at the tournament that parades winners of other five continental confederations.
Pitso Mosimane’s men begin their campaign against hosts Al-Duhail on Thursday at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium and victory will see them square off against European kings Bayern Munich in the semi-final.
The former Zamalek and Luzern man, in a chat with the Fifa website, disclosed that the Red Devils’ focus is not limited to playing just two games in Qatar.
"Every player has his own ambitions, but the most important thing is to play well and help the team," said Kahraba.
"My desire is to reach the final and win the Club World Cup with my team.
“We tell our fans that our goal is to win the tournament, not play one or two games and return home.
"I've been an Al Ahly fan since I was a kid and so remember past performances at the Fifa Club World Cup. I recall slipping out of school to catch games at the cafe.
“It was a great feeling to watch Al Ahly play while we drank cups of milky tea. I've always dreamed of playing at the Club World Cup and that dream is finally going to come true.
"The Al Ahly fans mean a great deal to me, because I’m one of them. Al Ahly is something special in my life – I think of it as I would my father or mother.
“I hope I can continue playing with this team in the future and that we can achieve our goals and make the fans happy."
Al Ahly last participated in the annual competition in 2013. There, they bowed 2-0 to Guangzhou Evergrande in their first match thanks to second-half goals from Elkeson and Dario Conca.
In their fifth-place match, they suffered a 5-1 obliteration at the hands of Mexican side Monterrey with Emad Moteab getting their consolatory strike.