Fossati names squad ahead of qualifier
27 Sep 2016 - 3:59
DOHA: New coach Jorge Fossati, on Sunday named the squad for Qatar’s 2018 FIFA qualifying match against Korea which will take place on October 6.
The new coach has ignored some popular names but included a few new faces in the 26-member squad. Qatar host Serbia in an international friendly on Thursday, the first game under their new coach, ahead of the game against Korea. The October 6 fixture will be followed by the next qualifier against Syria on October 11.
The Qatari team took part in their first training session under the guidance of Fossati. Current Qatar Stars League leaders Lekhwiya lead the way with 8 players in the national squad, including midfielders Ismaeel Mohammed and Karim Boudiaf whilst Ali Afif also received a call up for the first time in over a year.
Al Sadd has contributed seven players to the Al Anabi squad including regulars Ali Asad and national team captain Hassan Haydoos.
Fossati also turned to his former club Al Rayyan to pick the trio of Saad AL Hadjri in goal along with attacker Sebastian Soria and Rodrigo Tabata. Meanwhile, QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani urged Qatar players to keep their confidence going, ahead of their crucial match against Korea. QFA President watched Qatar players in action during a training session on Sunday and was accompanied by Khalifa Khamis Al Thawadi.
He also met with Fossati and his backroom staff members and addressed the players and urged them to be ‘positive’ for their forthcoming matches.