With Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly through to the semifinals of the Fifa Club World Cup, it is now just the appetising date with European champions Bayern Munich on February 8 that is most tempting for the Egyptians.
The cash incentives that come with playing at the annual tournament make a massive difference to the coffers of participating clubs.
Even Mosimane can attest to these benefits, as his participation with former club Mamelodi Sundowns in Japan in 2016 earned the South African champions about R13.5 million.
This despite Sundowns finishing sixth out of seven in the overall rankings at the tournament, which was won by Spanish LaLiga side Real Madrid.
At this year’s edition, which is under way in Qatar, Mosimane on Thursday guided the Egyptian powerhouse to the semis, where they will face German Bundesliga champions Bayern on Monday.
Hussein El Shahat’s 30th-minute strike settled Al Ahly’s match against hosts Al Duhail SC.
Now Mosimane and his side are in line for big bucks, with the champions set to walk away with $6 million (R89.9 million).
The rest of the financial rewards are distributed as such – $2.5 million to each of the four teams eliminated in the first round, $3 million to the side that loses in the third-place play-off, $4 million to the third-place finishers and $5 million to the runners-up.
The tournament involves seven clubs from associations around the world. The line-up is made up of the winners of the CAF Champions League; Uefa Champions League (Europe); AFC Champions League (Asia); Concacaf (North America); Copa Libertadores (South America); and the OFC Champions League (Oceania), along with the host nation’s national champions.
Mosimane said Al Ahly had nothing to lose in their clash against Bayern.