x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Metsu takes over as Qatar coach

Bruno Metsu is officially named as the new coach of Qatar's national side after walking out on the UAE team.

Bruno Metsu, right, shakes hands with Fahad Al Kuwari, left, team manager of Qatar's Football national team, while Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al Thani, president of Qatar's Football Federation, centre, looks on after Metsu signed a two-year contract as a coach for Qatar's national football team in Doha on Sept 25 2008.
Bruno Metsu, right, shakes hands with Fahad Al Kuwari, left, team manager of Qatar's Football national team, while Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al Thani, president of Qatar's Football Federation, centre, looks on after Metsu signed a two-year contract as a coach for Qatar's national football team in Doha on Sept 25 2008.

DOHA // Bruno Metsu has been named as the new coach of Qatar's national side after walking out on the United Arab Emirates team. The 54-year-old Frenchman quit his post as UAE coach this week following successive home defeats in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Metsu, who led Senegal to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and won the 2007 Gulf Nations Cup with the UAE, has signed a two-year contract with Qatar, the Asian Football Confederation said today.

Qatar top their World Cup qualifying group but terminated the coach Jorge Fossati's contract after the Uruguayan underwent stomach surgery. The tiny Gulf state could, however, be booted out of the competition if the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overrules Fifa's decision not to punish them for fielding an ineligible player in an earlier round. *Reuters