Reigning Asian champions Qatar will take on India in Group E match on June 3 as the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers resume early next month, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced yesterday.
The match will be played at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium with kick off set for 8:00pm. Al Annabi’s other group game against Oman is scheduled on June 7 at the same venue.
In addition to these games, Qatar will also host all the remaining Group E matches after being picked by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as a centralised venue amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Coached by Felix Sanchez, Qatar are leading Group E with 16 points from six games followed by Oman (12 points from five matches) and Afghanistan (4 points). India are fourth in the standings with 3 points while Bangladesh are on the bottom with a solitary point.
Sanchez earlier this week announced a 27-member squad for the upcoming matches. The squad also includes star striker Akram Afif, who missed weeks of action due to injury.
Tareq Salman, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Miguel, Salah Zakaria, Mahmoud Abu Nada, Meshaal Barsham, Saad Al Sheeb, Mohamed Waad, Boulem Khoukhi, Salem Al Hajri, Humam Ahmed, Bassem Al Rawi, Musab Khidr, Ahmed Suhail, Hassan Al Haydos, Khaled Muneer, Abdelaziz Hatem, Abdullah Al Ahrak, Ismail Mohamed, Karim Boudaif, Assim Madibo, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Mohamed Muntari, Sultan Al Brake, Youssed Abdel Razzaq.
Coach: Felix Sanchez