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UPDATED: 21:02, December 19, 2006
Egypt's Al-Ahly parades in Cairo with Club World Cup bronze medal
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Soccer Club World Cup bronze medalists Al-Ahly are in line for another historic reception in Cairo upon their arrival from Japan early on Tuesday, local soccer news website reported.

Swarms of club supporters are expected to greet the Egyptian giants who will parade in the capital in an open-top bus to celebrate their achievement with the fans, Ahly board member Al-Amri Farouk said.

Ahly won third place at the Club World Cup that took place in Japan after beating Club America of Mexico 2-1 on Sunday.

The five-time African champions based in Cairo produced a 2-0 win over Auckland City FC of New Zealand in their opening game before losing 2-1 to eventual champions Internacional of Brazil in the semis.

Farouk said that the procession route, which will be from the airport to the club headquarters in Al-Gezira, has been agreed with Cairo police.

Ahly club will also open its doors for all the fans to celebrate the great success with the players.

"Ahly's feat is unprecedented in Africa and the Arab world, therefore the celebration has to be exceptional," said Farouk.

Ahly players had enjoyed a similar reception after beating Sfaxien of Tunisia in the African Champions League final in November, which gave them a fifth African champions.

Ahly, considered by some as the best club in Africa, have before won the African Champions League four times, in 1982, 1987, 2001 and 2005, respectively.

Source: Xinhua

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