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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010

 Press Release
Ibrahim targets semifinal spot for Al Ahly

Al Ahly of Egypt clinched the CAVB Men's Club Championship to seal their spot at the 2010 FIVB Men's World Club Championship

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 10, 2010 – Al Ahly coach Fakhreldin Ibrahim is hopeful his team have the quality to reach the semifinals at the FIVB Men's Club World Championship, even if their opponents in Pool A may offer one or two surprises.

The Egyptian club have been preparing in Turkey for the event in Doha, Qatar, playing several warm-ups matches against Turkish top-flight clubs. If that has brought a renewed sense of optimism among the Al Ahly squad, Ibrahim admits he would still like to know more about their rivals.

"We could not collect all the information about each of the teams in the first round, which would have helped us," said the coach, who returned for a second stint at the Al Ahly helm last year. "I've watched the video of Paykan against PGE Skra Belchatow from last year but the problem is that both recently hired a number of players and we do not know them well."

Al Ahly open their campaign against host side Al Arabi Doha on December 15, before then facing Iranian team Paykan two days later. They conclude their group programme against the Poles of Belchatow on December 19 and Ibrahim added: "I would hope to qualify for the semifinals."

Al Ahly sporting director Raouf Abdel-Kader said: "The team won all the domestic leagues, continental and regional tournaments this year, but we've emphasised to the players that they are required only to do their best. The administration has provided everything for the team and they have had a few days to prepare mentally for the tournament."

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