Basra, 5 January 2023 - The Qatari national football team arrived in the Iraqi city of Basra to compete in the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup, which starts on Friday and concludes on Jan. 19.
Al Annabi received a great reception at Basra International Airport, as Iraq Football Association President Adnan Darjal, who is also the Chairman of the championship's organizing committee, welcomed HE Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation, together with his accompanying delegation of QFA officials and the management of the team.
The Qatari squad finished its preparations in Doha yesterday before heading to Basra, following Coach Bruno Miguel Pinheiro's announcement of Qatar national team's list of participating players in the competition, which includes 23 footballers: Meshaal Barsham, Tarek Salman, Mustafa Meshaal, Mohamed Waad, Yousuf Abdurisag, Hashim Ali, Salem al Hajri, Ali Asad (Al Sadd), Ismaeel Mohamed, Shehab El Laithi, Mohamed Emad, Diab Haroun, Assim Madibo (Al Duhail), Naif al Hadhrami, Tamim Mansour Al Muftah (Al Rayyan), Homam al Amin, Amro Suraj (Al Gharafa), Ahmed Fadel, Khaled Muneer, Hazem Ahmed (Al Wakrah), Mahmoud Abunada, Jassim Jaber (Al Arabi).
Mohammed Muntari, who scored Qatar's only goal at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, will miss the Gulf Cup 25 after suffering an injury.
The Qatar national team will go undergo its main training session, in preparation for the opening match against Kuwait, scheduled for Friday at 7:15 p.m. at the Olympic Port Stadium, as part of the Group B competitions, which also includes the UAE and Bahrain, who will also meet on the same day.