Carreno engages with clubs to prep up squad
DOHA: Qatar coach Daniel Carreno has been busy meeting with
Qatar Stars League (QSL) clubs in order to ascertain the fitness of
the national team players.
Qatar will play four international friendlies in August before their
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Iran on September1.
“Me and my backroom staff have visited various clubs and met with
coaches,” Carreno said on Monday.
“We got information that we sought and now we can plan better,” he
“We have sufficient time to plan and prepare for the games in August. We
are running fitness drills involving the fit players.
“The players were on a break and now they are back. There’s one
month remains before our game against Iran.
“The four friendlies were planned sometime back,” Carreno said. “There
could be a fifth game but we are not certain,” he said.
Carreno said Akram Afif, Moeen Ali and Khalfan Ibrahim are not with
squad at the moment.
“There were some players with the U-23 squad, we monitored their
progress closely. Akram will join us few days before the match” he
Carreno said striker Ibrahim still needs improved fitness. He said the
Al Sadd forward remained a key part of his future plans.
“The door is to open for him once he gets fully fit,” Carreno said.
In August, Qatar will play a series of international friendly before heading
to Tehran for their September 1 clash against Iran.
On August 8, Qatar face Iraq in Doha followed by another game against
Real Betis on August 13 in Zurich.
Al Anabi face Jordan on August 18 in Zurich followed by an international
friendly against Thailand on August 24 in Doha.
Qatar fly out to Tehran on August 30. On September 6, Qatar face Uzbekistan
in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game.