Muftah: we feel confident
DOHA: The big 3-0 win over Estonia has boosted the morale of the players ahead of next month’s Asian Cup, Qatar left back Khalid Muftah said on Saturday.
This was Qatar’s first appearance since winning the 2014 Gulf Cup last month.
Qatar beat regional giants and hosts Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the Gulf Cup final in Riyadh.
“Qatar football has developed at all levels,” Muftah said in an interview. “Now that we are in clearly good form, we are looking at something better – we are looking at the Asian Cup,” he added.
“As a player, I want to participate at the Asian Cup and I hope we win in Australia,” he added.
“We must be humble as we are not a major power in Asia. But winning the Gulf Cup and following it with a display like tonight’s motivates us to do better,” the Lekhwiya player said.
Qatar featured in the quarterfinals of the last Asian Cup held in Doha in 2011.
Managed by Bruno Metsu, Qatar lost to eventual champions Japan in 2011.
“We must continue to work seriously and make appropriate plans,”
Muftah said. “We know our level of play and we know what needs to be done, our moral is high and we feel confident,” he said.
Qatar have Bahrain, the UAE and Iran in their group.
The Asian Cup starts in Australia on January 11.