DOHA, May 15, 2016 – Qatar football coach Jose Carreno on Saturday outlined his team’s busy schedule in the coming months, saying the team will kick off proceedings with a friendly against Albania later this month.
Carreno announced a batch of 27 players that will assemble after the Emir Cup final on May 20 and get ready for the Albania friendly on May 29 in Austria.
“We have a busy schedule in the coming weeks. We will be trying to get ready for the next stage of the World Cup qualification by playing as many friendlies as possible,” Carreno said on Saturday.
Qatar open the third stage of the Asian Zone, Group A, qualifiers with an away game against Iran on September 1. “Right now we are looking for teams who we could play in August.
Surely there will be two or three friendlies played in the middle of August,” Carreno said.
In Group A, Qatar will be joined South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria and China.The training camp in Austria will last from May 26 to 30.“We may make changes to the squad announced. A number of decisions have to be taken after my medical staff test the fitness of the players who are about to finish what has been a long season,” he said.
He said 23 players will travel to Austria.“This is a very important phase for me and my squad. We have to sort out many things as me move ahead,” the 53-year-old Uruguayan coach said.
“For our friendlies in August, only one has been confirmed against Thailand We look forward to the next few months,” Carreno said.
Squad: Claude Amine, Omar Barry. Saad Abdulla, Khalifa Bubaker, Pedro Miguel, Boualem Khoukhi, Ahmed Yasser, Ibrahim Majed, Abdulreahman Abakr, Mohamed Musa, Musaab Khidir, Abdelkarim Hassan, Khaled Muftah, Yasir Abubakar, Karim Boudiaf, Ahmed ohamed, Luiz Martins, Mohamed Hussain, Ahmed Moein, Hassan Al Haydos, Ali Asadalla, Rodrigo Tabata, Magid Hassan, Mohammed Muntari, Sebastian Soria, Ahmed Ala El din and Ismail Mohamad.