National team of Qatar, led by Spanish coach Valero Rivera, has started their training sessions yesterday for the preparation of the 18th Asian Handball Championship to be staged in South Korea in January.
After years of the highest ambitions, silver medal at home at World Championship 2015, Asian titles and appearance at Olympic Games in Rio, it looks that “omestic forces” will bring the future of Qatari handball not supported by numerous foreign stars.
The only one who stayed in the squad for the upcoming tournament which will be qualifing for the Men’s World Championship 2019, is goalkeeper Danijel Saric.
Rivera has selected 20 players for the training sessions including Belal Fatnasi, Mustafa al-Karad. Abdullah al-Karbi, Rashid Youssef, Zainadin Bu Menjel, Anis Zouaoui, Abdulrazzaq Murad, Rafael Capte, Abdulrahman Tariq, Danijel Saric, Ahmad Madadi, Wajdi Sinen, Feras al-Shayeb, Ali Hamad, Belal Lebeinka, Mohamed Saeed, Mustafa Amir, Marawan Sasi, Hadi Hamdoun and Hossam Romman.
Qatar is placed in Group D alongside Saudi Arabia, China and New Zealand.