26-member Qatar Olympic team squad for friendlies against Jordan
Qatar Olympic national team coach Felix Sanchez has announced a 26-member squad, ahead of the two upcoming friendlies against Jordan. The matches are being played as part of the preparations for the AFC U-23 Championship, which is set be held in Thailand in January and will serve as qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics.
The squad is as follows: 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)
The team is set to play the first friendly against Jordan on 6 September at Aspire Pitch No. 4, before playing them again on 9 September on the same ground.
Qatar qualified for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship after topping their qualifying group with seven points from three games, finishing ahead of Oman on goal difference. Afghanistan and Nepal came third and fourth respectively.
Sanchez was appointed to the post of head coach of the Olympic team in August, replacing his compatriot Albert Fernandez. The new post will be in addition to Sanchez’s job as coach of the senior national team, which he has held since July 2017.
The 43-year-old Sanchez has a great track record with Qatar’s various national teams, starting with the AFC U-19 Championship victory in 2014, followed by a third place finish at the AFC U-23 Championship in 2018 and finally the historic triumph with the senior team at Asia’s most prestigious tournament – the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.