Al Ahly are aiming to shock at the FIFA Club World Cup ©Getty Images

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane claimed "anything is possible" as his team prepare for their first match at the FIFA Club World Cup in Doha tomorrow.

The nine-time African champions are set to take on local team Al Duhail tomorrow at the Education City Stadium, with the winning team progressing to take on German team FC Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. 

Bayern Munich won the 2020 UEFA Champions League and boast players such as Poland's Robert Lewandowski, who was named FIFA's Best Men's Player of the Year in December. 

In an interview with BBC Sport, Mosimane revealed he was inspired by English team Leicester City, who were surprise winners of the Premier League in 2016. 

"The level is the highest that it could possibly be and it's very difficult to win, but what's important is to go there and play to the best of our abilities," Mosimane said. 

"[We want] everyone to see that we've done the best against the best teams in the world so there's nothing bigger for me and Al Ahly.

"Any coach that goes to any tournament believes that he can win it, but the reality is how do you beat Bayern Munich - who have just defeated the mighty Barcelona 8-2 on aggregate with Lionel Messi on the pitch?

"But anything is possible - Leicester City has showed you that anything is possible."

Al Ahly's match against Al Duhail will be preceded by Tigres UANL against Ulsan Hyundai FC at the Al Rayyan Stadium. 

The victor of the latter fixture will meet SE Palmeiras, winners of the Copa Libertadores at the weekend, in the final four. 

Robert Lewandowski will be a threat for Bayern Munich during the FIFA Club World Cup ©Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski will be a threat for Bayern Munich during the FIFA Club World Cup ©Getty Images

The FIFA Club World Cup, which features the champions of the six Continental Confederations as well as the host’s national league winners, was postponed from its original start date of last month.

The pandemic had prevented the conclusion of the Asian Football Confederation, the South American Football Confederation and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football Championships.

Seven teams were due to be involved, but the Oceania Football Confederation’s representative Auckland City, withdrew due to New Zealand’s COVID quarantine measures.

Qatari organisers have implemented a number of COVID-19 countermeasures for the tournament. 

Spectators must undergo testing up to 72 hours before each match, and numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of capacity at each of the two 40,000-seat venues. 

Social distancing, mask wearing and the use of Qatar's contract tracing app and sanitiser will be mandatory.

International fans will be unable to attend because of Qatar's virus mitigation measures and there will be no public events, including fan zones.

After the two opening matches tomorrow, a semi-final is scheduled for Sunday and Monday (February 7 and 8).

The final and third place game is set for February 11.