Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, believes Al Hilal has all it takes to qualify for the final of the FIFA Club World Cup at the expense of Brazil’s Flamengo.
Al Hilal, Asian Champions League winners and Flamengo, defending champions of the Copa Libertadores will clash in the semi final of the Club World Cup at Grande Stade de Tanger on Tuesday with the winner booking a potential final spot against UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid or Africa’s most successful football club, Al Ahly.
The Asians will be hoping to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Brazilians in the semi-finals of the 2019 edition. To reach the semis, Al Hilal defeated Wydad Casablanca 5-3 on penalties in the quarter-final after regulation and extra time had ended 1-1.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ighalo who is Al Hilal’s top scorer this season says the players know the assignment and will go all out to get the result needed to reach the final of the competition.
“We as players seek winning and advancing to the World Club Cup final. We underwent our last training ahead of the match and we’ll do our best to win the match,” Ighalo said ahead of the game. “I watched some games involving Flamengo and I know they have outstanding players and we have to keep working in order to qualify.”
Al Hilal manager Ramon Diaz says he believes his wards have the experience to go all the way and tackle a game of this magnitude.
“I completely trust Al Hilal players to get the qualification card to the final. We know Flamengo well and we seek a positive result that will help us with qualification. Al Hilal players have enough experience to deal with a game of this magnitude.”