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Qatar national players Abdullah Afifa (left) and Younes Ali take part in a training session at Aspire Academy, yesterday. RIGHT: Paris Saint Germain’s Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Silva during a training session at the same venue yesterday morning.
DOHA: Bahrain-bound Qatar squad yesterday hit the training pitch after a day’s rest following their friendly against Egypt on Friday.
Qatar, coached by Paulo Autuori, will fly out to Bahrain on January 3, 2013, for the Gulf Cup that will be held from January 5 to 18.
The home team lost to Egypt 2-0 in a friendly three days ago.
Yesterday’s training session was attended by the entire batch including strikers Sebastian Soria, Khalfan Ibrahim and midfielder Wisam Rizq who is likely to lead the squad in Bahrain.
Coach Autuori headed the evening training session at Aspire Academy.
Qatar will join seven other national teams in battle for the Gulf Cup title race in Bahrain.
On Saturday, it was announced that Qatar’s ace midfielder Fabio Cesar will miss the Gulf Cup.
Cesar - the Al Rayyan skipper - is yet to recover from a foot injury he picked up during a recent Qatar Stars League (QSL) fixture.
Cesar had missed the Egypt friendly Qatar hosted on Friday which was held at Al Gharafa Stadium.
Qatar regulars Adel Lamy and Khalid Muftah have also been excluded from the Gulf Cup plans due to injuries.
Kuwait are the current champions of the Gulf Cup, having lifted the trophy ten times.
Next year’s Gulf Cup will be the 21st edition of the competion, since it was introduced.
Also known as Al Annabi, Qatar will again train today at Aspire Academy but will get a day off tomorrow, before departing for Bahrain.
Qatar Coach: Paulo Autuori
Qatar squad: Ahmed Sufian, Khaled Abdul Rauf, Majed Mohammed, Mohammed Abdul Muttalib, Marcone, Jarallah Al Marri, Hamid Ismail, Abdul Karim Salim Ali, Younis Ibrahim, Majid Mahdi, Mohammed Kasola, Yusuf Ahmed, Abdul Karim Hassan, Wisam Rizq, Talal Al Balushi, Khalfan Ibrahim Massad Hamad, Hassan Al Haydos, Bilal Mohammed, Ibrahim Al Ghanim, Qassem Burhan, Lawrence Quaye, Sebastian Soria, Ali Afifa, Hussein Ali, Baba Mallick, Rajab Hamza, Abdul Aziz Hatem , Khaled Saleh, Mohammed Razaq and Musa Alalaq.THE PENINSULA