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Dual role for Sanchez

Doha: The Qatar Football Association (QFA)’s Executive Committee has decided to appoint Felix Sanchez as the head coach of the Olympic national team. 

The Spaniard replaces his compatriot Albert Fernandez, and will also remain at the helm of the senior national team, a position he has held since July 2017.

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QFA’s appointment of Sanchez comes ahead of Qatar’s participation at the upcoming 2020 AFC U23 Championship, which is set to be hosted by Thailand in January. The tournament will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sanchez has a great track record with Qatar’s various national teams, starting with the AFC U-19 Championship victory in 2014, followed by a third place finish at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China PR and finally the historic triumph with the senior team at Asia’s most prestigious tournament – the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates.



With Qatar having already qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as hosts, Sanchez will be guiding the squad in the Asian Qualifiers with the aim of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Qatar are in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers with Bangladesh, Oman, India and Afghanistan. They kick off their campaign on Afghanistan on September 5.

Source: Qatar Football Association

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