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Qatar to fly to Switzerland for training camp in August

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Qatar will hold the final training camp in August in Zurich, Switzerland.

DOHA: Qatar Football Association (QFA) yesterday confirmed the national team’s final training camp will be held in August ahead of the next phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

The training camp will be held in Zurich from August 10 to 20.

Fareed Mahboob, the national team manager, said: “The dates of the next training camp have been finalised. ‎All arrangements are in place. We are now approaching a very important phase of our preparations.”

Mahboob said the ‘Al Annabi’ will play four friendlies in August. Qatar have listed a friendly against Iraq on August 8 followed by the training camp in Zurich.

Qatar will also play a friendly during their training camp in Switzerland The game will be played against Spanish side Real Betis as part of their La Liga Challenge .

Al Anabi will play another friendly against Jordan on August 18 followed by a match against Thailand on the 24th of the same month.

The aforementioned games will be played before Qatar flies out to Tehran for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Iran on September 1.

Qatar have Iran, South Korea, China, Uzbekistan and Syria in their Group. The team is being coached by Daniel Careno since May last year.

Meanwhile, QFA

President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani said that Regional development will be at the heart of ‎future plans.

The QFA President urged GCC football bodies to work on grassroots level to ensure that Asian game moves forward. “Harnessing the talent in GCC is the way forward,” Sheikh Hamad said in a statement. “I have underlined this point a few times in the past,” he said. “We are considering the possibility of adding a slot on club rosters reserve for GCC players, we have to discuss such points at the highest level of the game in the region. We must follow the way Asian and global football has developed,” he said.

“I will be making more proposals when we sit down for key meetings of the Gulf Football Federation,” he said.

“It is in the interest of all bodies that we develop regional football with serious intent,” he said.

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