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Sanchez names 24-strong Qatar squad for qualifiers

Qatar’s Spanish coach is expected to put his wards through their paces from today.
Qatar Team Training
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez, centre, talks with his players after a training session during their Copa America campaign in Brazil in June this year. Photo: Faadi El Assaad

Qatar national football coach Felix Sanchez named a 24-member squad for the upcoming joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup, against Afghanistan (September 5) and India (September 10) on Sunday.

Qatar squad

  • Meshaal Barsham
  • Saad Al Sheeb
  • Pedro Miguel
  • Salem Al Hajri
  • Tarek Salman
  • Abdelkarim Hassan
  • Khoukhi Boualem
  • Hassan Al Haydos
  • Akram Afif
  • Abdulaziz Al Ansari
  • Hashim Ali (all Al Sadd)
  • Bassam Al Rawi
  • Assim Madibo
  • Almoez Ali
  • Karim Boudiaf
  • Ali Afif
  • Mohammed Al Bakri (all Duhail SC)
  • Yousuf Abdurrazaq
  • Musab Kheder
  • Ahmed Fathi (all Al Arabi)
  • Almahdi Ali
  • Ahmed Alaaeldin (both Al Gharafa)
  • Abdulaziz Hatem (Al Rayyan)
  • Abdullah Abdulsalam (Al Ahli)

Qatar, being the hosts, need not have to play in the World Cup qualifiers, but the defending Asian Cup champions will have to earn their place in the final round of the 2023 continental championship to be held in China.

Sanchez announced the squad after the second round of the Qatar Stars League and the coach is expected to put his wards through their paces from today.

Both matches will be played at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Al Sadd.

Sanchez also announced a 26-member under-23 squad ahead of the two upcoming friendlies against Jordan at Aspire in Doha.

The matches, on September 6 and September 9, are part of the preparations for the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand in January. The tournament will serve as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Sanchez was given additional charge of Qatar’s Olympic squad recently.

Under-23 squad: Mohammed Ismail Abushanab, Amro Seraj, Nasser Abdulsalam, Ilyas Ahmed, Andiy Syahputra, Abdullah Ali Al Saai, Ahmed Al Janehi, Salah Hassan (Al Gharafa), Khaled Muneer, Ahmed Suhail, Mohammed Waad (Al Wakrah), Ahmed Al Sebaei, Shehab Al Leythi, Khaled Mohammed (Al Duhail), Hazem Shehata, Yazan Naim, Hassan Balank (Umm Salal), Abdulrahman Mohammed Fahmy, Abdulrashid Umaru (Al Ahli), Adel Bader, Ahmed Al Menhali (Al Sailiya), Bahaa Al Leythi, Youssef Ayman (Qatar), Hussain Bahzad (Al Sadd), Ibrahim Masoud (Al Rayyan), Khalifa Al Malki (Al Arabi).