QFA appoints Sanchez as interim coach

DOHA: Felix Sanchez will coach Qatar in their last two 2018 FIFA World
Cup qualifying matches against Syria and China, details showed on
Sunday.

Sanchez, who guided Qatar to AFC Asian Cup U-20 title win at the end
of 2014, is currently coaching the Olympic squad.

Last month, Uruguayan Jorge Fossati resigned his post as coach after
Qatar beat Korea 3-2 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in
Doha.

Fossati, who helped Al Rayyan win the Qatar Stars League in 2015-16

season, was appointed the national team after compatriot Daniel Carreno

was sacked following the defeats against Iran in Tehran and Uzbekistan

in Doha in the qualifiers.

Iran qualified from the group as toppers with 20 points while South Korea

(13), Uzbekistan (12) and Syria (nine) will battle out for the second slot.

Qatar have seven points from eight matches and will need to win their last

two games, but also hope Uzbekistan lose theirs to reach the play-offs for

next year’s competition.

QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani said on
Sunday Sanchez will manage the team in the coming fixtures to be
played late next month and early September.

A permanent coach will be announced at a later date, QFA President said.

He said several names were in contention though he did not reveal any
particular individual.

The QFA President said Qatar national teams in all age brackets will
continue to prepare for a busy season ahead.

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