Qatar take on Czech Republic in Doha friendly on Saturday
09 Nov 2017 - 0:00
Qatar will take on Czech Republic on Saturday at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium of Al Duhail club as part of Qatar’s preparations for the Gulf Cup.
The 23rd edition of the regional championship will take pace in Doha from December 22 to January 5.
The Czech Republic, a traditional powerhouse in international football are currently ranked at 48, did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar is also scheduled to play another friendly match against world Cup-bound Iceland on November 14.
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez will also be looking to try new players in a bid to form a powerful side in the build-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Sanchez has named a squad of 23 players for the twin matches.
The last two matches for Qatar has been a mixed bag.
They beat Singapore 3-1 in Doha before conceding a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Curacao.
Iceland, after making a splash in their first foray into international football tournaments in Euro 2016; Iceland (ranked 21st in FIFA Rankings) are going to feature at next year’s World Cup.
In 2016, the Scandinavian side presented a fierce appetite for tough football by beating former world Champions England before losing in the quarter-finals to hosts France.
This great form continued throughout their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as they dominated group I above the likes of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.