Hosts Qatar have overcome training challenges with courage and are well prepared for this week’s AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifying matches, team coach, Felix Sanchez, said, as the home team gets ready for their opening game today.

Qatar face Turkmenistan in their first match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium and coach Sanchez said, his young boys have shown positive energy in the build-up of the four-team event, which will conclude on July 23.

India and Syria are the other two sides besides Turkmenistan and hosts Qatar.

We started our preparations on Jun 5, in Doha, and since then we have played eight friendlies. Although things were not easy because of the hot weather, the players have shown good energy level in the matches, Sanchez said.

We tried to get the boys ready by playing different combinations (during the friendlies), Sanchez added.

Qatar will take on India on July 21, followed by their final clash against Syria on July 23. All matches will be played at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, which has state-of-the art cooling technology.

Sanchez said, the morale of the boys was ‘high’. “The players are ready and they are looking forward to the first game. Our goal is to provide the best, to be among the sixteen teams locked in the Asian Cup finals (to be held in China), Sanchez said.

Source: NAM News Network