Head coach Jose Daniel Carreno believes the current Qatar squad have quality to reach the 2018 World Cup finals before hosting the event four years later.
The 52-year-old Uruguayan tactician is confident that Al Annabi could give a right answer to the challenge amid the pressure to qualify.
“Yes, definitely there’s pressure but it’s a kind of pressure we enjoy,” he told reporters at Doha’s press conference ahead of the Group C match against Bhutan on Thursday.
“We think we have enough strong points to enable us to play in the Russian World Cup in 2018.”
Qatar have never qualified for World Cup finals, their best achievement in the continental stage when became the 2000 and 2011 Asian Cup quarterfinalists.