Monday, May 21, 2012

Al Annabi get ready for the big battle

Qatar national team is in the Spanish capital Madrid for a one week training camp ahead of a difficult start for the final AFC round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Al Annabi will kick off the final round of qualifiers against Lebanon in Beirut on June 3rd, before heading back to Doha to face South Korea on June 8th; they will then travel to Tehran to face Iran four days later!

Brazilian coach Paulo Autuori picked up a squad of 31 players for the training camp that will end on May 22nd with a friendly match against Albania on May 22nd. Another friendly is scheduled on May 28th against Palestine in Doha.

The Squad


Qasem Burhan – Al Gharrafa
Baba Malick – Lekhwiya
Rajab Hamza – Al Arabi
Ahmed Soufiane – Al Wakrah


Mesaad Al Hamad – Al Sadd
Mohammed Kasola – Al Sadd
Taher Zakaria – Al Sadd
Ibrahim Majid – Al Sadd
Hamed Ismael – Al Rayyan
Marcone – Al Rayyan
Ibrahim Al Ghanem – Al Gharrafa
Khaled Muftah – Lekhwiya
Khaled Al Zakiba - Qatar SC


Wesam Rizik – Al Sadd
Talal Al Bloushi – Al Sadd
Younis Ali – Al Rayyan
Abdullah Taleb Afifa – Al Rayyan
Fabio Cesar – Al Rayyan
Hussain Shehab – Lekhwiya
Adel Lami - Lekhwiya
Majdi Siddiq – Al Arabi
Abdul Aziz Hatem – Al Arabi
Lawrence Quaye – Al Gharrafa


Khalfan Ibrahim – Al Sadd
Hassan Al Haydos – Al Sadd
Magid Mohamed – Al Sadd
Yusuf Ahmed – Al Sadd
Sebastian Soria – Qatar SC
Mohamed El Sayed “Jeddo” – Umm Salal
Mohamed Razak – Lekhwiya
Jarallah Al Marri – Al Rayyan

Big changes at Al Khurtiyath

After another good season for Al Khurtiyath, as they finished 8th in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Emir Cup, the “Thunders” will undergo many changed before the new season begins.

Banide will join Al Kuwait SC
French coach Laurent Banide is set to Join Kuwaiti club “Al Kuwait”, the club he coached in the 2008-09 season. Another French coach is set to be announced in the coming few days according to some sources.

The Blues also announced on their official website the departure of Nigerian midfielder Onyekachi Okonkwo and veteran Mozambique international Dario Khan, in addition to a possible loan out deal for Bahrain international Jaycee John. The only foreign player with a chance to stay is Burkina Faso striker Yahya Kebe.