Doha - The Qatar Football Association sacked Uruguayan coach
Jose Daniel Carreno on Thursday, 17 months after naming him to prepare the 2022
World Cup hosts for the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The decision followed back-to-back losses in the qualifiers
to Iran and Uzbekistan.
There was no immediate word on who would replace Carreno but
fellow Uruguayan Jorge Fossati is considered the front-runner.
Fossati coached the national team in 2007-8 and is currently
manager of top flight Qatar Stars League champions Al-Rayyan.
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Another candidate is Algerian Djamel Belmadi, who coached
the national team in 2014-15, when Qatar won the Gulf championship.
The new coach will face the challenge of preparing for a
tough qualifier against South Korea on October 6.
As a player, Carreno spent most of his career at Uruguayan
club Montevideo Wanderers. He also played for French club Lens for three
Before being appointed national coach, he managed Qatari
club Al-Arabi and clubs in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Colombia and
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