Sanchez on Asian Cup success and his future

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Players of Qatar celebrate their victory after the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

Qatar’s Asian Cup-winning coach Felix Sanchez is unperturbed about the uncertainty surrounding his future before the 2022 World Cup.

The Oil rich nation made a huge statement of intent in the World of soccer by stunning Japan 3-1 to secure their first ever Asian Cup title.

Qatar alongside Japan will also take part in the Copa America this year as they continue to build towards hosting the World Cup in three years.

Reports were rife Arsene Wenger has been targeted as a replacement for Sanchez, but the gaffer who is basking in the euphoria of Qatar’s historical landmark brushed aside those speculations.

“I’m very proud to be the Qatar national team coach,” he said via FourFourTwo. “Today we made history. I’m only thinking about today. It’s a great day for me and the players and the country.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: General view inside the stadium before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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President Gianni Infantino says that the geography and politics surrounding Qatar are the problems that they have to address.

“There’s always news about this person and that person but we’re focused on our work and we have the full support of the Qatar Football Association.

“So no concerns about the World Cup, it’s in 2022 and you don’t even know what’s going to happen in two weeks.”

Almoez Ali was named the 2019 Asian Cup MVP after his nine goals while Saad Al Sheeb took the top goalkeeper prize after conceding just once at the finals.

But for the Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu, it was only a case of disappointment as he was unable to lead his country to glory after winning the competition as a player in 1992.

“I am disappointed. Our goal here was to win the title,” Moriyasu said. “I feel sad for not being able to deliver the title to Japanese people. But I am happy that we could play seven matches and develop our game more.”