Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani shakes palm with a newly allocated Qatar inhabitant football team’s Algerian manager Djamel Belmadi during a press discussion in Doha yesterday. Qatar Olympic group coach, Fahad Thani (right) was also present. Picture by: Salim Matramkot
BY RIZWAN REHMAT
DOHA: Algerian Djamel Belmadi, 37, yesterday was handed over a reigns of a Qatar inhabitant side, replacing Fahad Thani who has been given assign of a Olympic squad.
This proclamation was done by Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani who pronounced Qatar has roped in Belmadi with an eye on reaching a 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Belmadi, who guided QSL side Lekhwiya to dual inhabitant joining titles in 2011 and 2012 , pronounced he had sealed a agreement after substantial thought.
“This is a good event for me to take assign of a really gifted squad,” Belmadi said. “This is a shortcoming that we have taken adult after substantial thought. we did not go out looking for this job,” a 37-year-old added.
“I have been in this nation for 10 years. we know how critical this competition is to Qatar and a football fans. We have many targets to achieve,” a former Marseille midfielder said.
Sheikh Hamad pronounced QFA is looking during 3 critical events including a 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“I am here to announce that Mr Djamel Belmadi will conduct a Qatar inhabitant team. Since he is really competent, we feel he can do a good pursuit for a inhabitant side,” Sheikh Hamad said.
“Our targets are easy to understand. We wish to strech a finals of a 2018 World Cup to be hold in Russia,” Sheikh Hamad added. “We couldn’t strech 2014 FIFA World Cup to be hold in Brazil though we can demeanour brazen to a subsequent one,” he said.
“I take this event to appreciate Fahad Thani for his smashing contribution. He took over during a formidable time and did his best (2012 to 2014). We have critical events entrance adult like a Gulf Cup and a 2015 Asian Cup,” a QFA arch said. Belmadi pronounced he was fervent to give his best.
“I am prepared for this job,” a Algerian said. “I appreciate QFA for a certainty they have shown in me. We have a large mission. we know a expectancy is high in Qatar,” Belmadi said.
“I am unapproachable to be in this position,” Belmadi said.
Out-going manager Fahad said: “I would like to demonstrate my bewail that we could not strech a 2014 World Cup finals. However, we would like to honour QFA on reaching a 2015 Asian Cup. My new aim is to assistance Qatar strech a 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.”
Fahad had transposed Brazilian Paulo Autuori in Feb 2012 after Qatar were knocked out of a 2012 Gulf Cup in Bahrain.
Under Fahad, Qatar unsuccessful to strech a 2014 FIFA World Cup finals to be hold in Jun this year in Brazil.
In Jan this year, Belmadi guided Qatar youth side to WAFF pretension glory.
He also played in Qatar, appearing for Al Kharaitiyat.
Sheikh Hamad pronounced QFA had shaped a ‘National Teams Committee’ to demeanour into a affairs of a inhabitant comparison and youth squads.
“We have strategies that were implemented someday back. Our goals are flattering most true forward,” Sheikh Hamad said.
“Right now we are focusing on a Gulf Cup to be hold in Nov this year. That will be followed by a 2015 Asian Cup (in Australia) and afterwards a Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup subordinate campaigns,” he said.
Belmadi permitted Sheikh Hamad’s sentiments when he said: “Our initial aim is a Gulf Cup. It is a really critical challenge. we will adjust to a new plea in my possess way. We will ready thoroughly.”
Sheikh Hamad said: “Mr Belmadi knows about Qatar. He doesn’t have a prolonged career as a inhabitant group manager though he did good during WAFF Championship. He knows a inhabitant group players. we am certain Belmadi and Fahad will be adult to their new task.”