Qatar players enjoy rare respite at home after high-pressure World Cup isolation camp 10/03/2022

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Qatar’s World Cup squad trained in their home turf for the first time in four months on Sunday as they seek to overcome some nervous displays in pre-season matches.

Hundreds of fans, mostly migrant workers, turned out to see the players make their rare appearance at a stadium in Doha after being kept secret in camps in Spain and Austria.

Qatar, which has spent billions on new stadiums for the first World Cup in an Arab country, is desperate to see the team pass the first round group against the Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador .

But the national team, which will make its World Cup debut against Ecuador on November 20, lost 3-0 to the Croatian Under-23 team, 2-0 to Canada and this week had a match 2-2 draw with Chile in the last three games.

“We are fully aware of the need to develop certain tactical and technical aspects that did not go as we wanted,” said the coach. Felix Sanchez.

“And we are working to correct the mistakes that were apparent,” added Sanchez, who will lead the team back into more weeks of isolation on Wednesday when they return to their native Spain.

The players remained optimistic despite the disappointing results and were kept away from their Qatari homes.

“I think we needed this long period without the pressure we feel here, I think all the players are ready,” said the midfielder. Assim Madibowhich has more than 35 selections.

Madibo also acknowledged there were “details” to be ironed out but felt the camps were a success.

“We played a lot of games and a lot of training sessions, we improved our physical condition,” he said.

“We miss our families. I miss my family but we are happy to be back,” said the French-born defensive midfielder. Karim Boudiafwho has more than 110 appearances to his credit.

Boudiaf acknowledged the battle Qatar will face in Group A.

“We know the World Cup is a very tough competition. Our group is also difficult. “We have Senegal, Holland and Ecuador and they are very difficult teams. But we are a good team and anything is possible in football.”

All said it had been a boost to play in front of home crowds after empty stadiums in Europe for most of his recent matches.

“Today in the open training session we saw the fans supporting us and it’s proof that they are motivating us to double our capacity,” Madibo said.

While Qatar has been criticized abroad for its labor rights record and the environmental fallout from the tournament, its fans are committed to the cause.

Raphael Kamasa said Qatar deserved its place in hosting this historic tournament.

“It was hosted in Europe, it was hosted in South America, it was hosted in Africa, it was hosted almost everywhere and an Arab country hosting it is a good thing,” Kamasa said watching the session. of training.

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