Qatar’s head coach Carlos Queiroz speaks to his players at a training session on Tuesday, as the Asian champions prepare for the two friendly games against Kenya and Russia. Qatar take on Kenya tomorrow at the Al Janoub Stadium, before facing Russia on September 12 at the same venue. Queiroz has recalled senior players Hassan al-Haydos and Akram Afif in the 26-man squad after being snubbed for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb, defenders Boualem Khoukhi and Pedro Miguel besides midfielders Karim Boudiaf and Abdulaziz Hatem also returned to the side. The two friendlies are part of Qatar’s preparations for their FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifying campaign to begin in November. Al Annabi will also defend their Asian Cup crown at home with the continental event set to take place from January 12 to February 10, 2024.