New Qatar coach Carreno: Qualification a “long and difficult path”

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The Football Association on Saturday held a press conference to introduce new national team coach .

The Uruguayan former striker has spent the last three years managing in , first with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr before taking over Qatari outfit Al-Arabi in 2014.

“We have objectives and want to start a new phase [for the national team,” Carenno told reporters in Doha. “It will be a long and difficult path.

“I trust the players, administration, the group who is working with us.”

The represents the last chance for Qatar to qualify on their own merits for the tournament before their scheduled turn as hosts in 2022.

“We have prepared a plan about the way we will deal with the national team’s strategy,” Carenno said. “We have to adapt to the new format [of joint qualification] for the Asian and World Cups.”

The Gulf Cup and WAFF Championship holders will face China, Maldives, Bhutan, and Hong Kong in Group C of the second round of joint qualifiers.