DOHA - Hosts Qatar have thrown their best
known player, Hussain Yasser, out of their squad for missing
training and displaying a poor attitude days before their Asian
Cup quarter-final against Japan.
Yasser, 27, who has played for European clubs Royal Antwerp,
Braga and Limassol and was once on the books of Manchester City,
has left the Qatar training camp and returned to his Egyptian
side Al Zamalek.
"Yasser was removed because his response wasn't up to the
expectations and he was absent from some training sessions,"
team manager Abdulrahman Al Mahmoud said on the Qatar Football
Yasser was substituted in the hosts' opening 2-0 defeat by
Uzbekistan and was an unused replacement in the Group A wins
over China and Kuwait.
A win for Qatar over three-times champions Japan at the Al
Gharafa Stadium on Friday would mean a first semi-final
appearance in the tournament for the tiny Gulf nation.
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