Al Ahly's Mohamed Afsha in action with Palmeiras' Felipe Melo REUTERS
CAIRO-9 September 2021: Japan will not be the hosts of the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup amid COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
The Japanese Football Association (JFA) said on Thursday that the decision came after several discussions with FIFA, who are now searching for a new location to hold the competition, which is scheduled in December 2021.
"FIFA would like to thank the JFA for their work and commitment and looks forward to going back to Japan in the future." FIFA statement said.
Al Ahly, CAF Champions League winners, Chelsea, UEFA Champions League winners, and Auckland City of New Zealand have booked their spots in the upcoming competition while the other four teams yet to be decided.
FIFA statement added "Further details about an alternative host for the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 will be announced by FIFA in due course."
The Egyptian champions, Al Ahly, will participate in the competition for the seventh time in the club's history and they managed to achieve the third place in 2006 and 2020.