Changzhou, China: Qatar captain Ahmed Moein admits they are keen on improving their fourth-place earned at the AFC U23 Championship two years ago as his side prepares to face Vietnam in the semifinals on Tuesday.
“We finished fourth at the previous edition and we're in the semifinals again,” the 22-year-old midfielder told www.the-afc.com. “This time we have to do better than we did then, and qualify for the final and hopefully become champions.”
Playing on home soil, Qatar powered their way through to the last four in 2016, before defeats to South Korea and Iraq saw them miss out on a ticket to the Rio Games.
Felix Sanchez’s side are, however, flying high once again, and enter the game against their Southeast Asian opponents with four wins to their name following a perfect group stage campaign, and a dramatic 3-2 quarter-final defeat of Palestine.
With only 90 minutes separating Al Annabi from a place in the final, Moein is understandably eager to avoid a repeat of their Doha disappointment.
“We know we have a very difficult game ahead of us, but we are ready for it. Vietnam are a very good side, and the quarterfinal would be tough. It will not be easy for us. I think our experience will help, but at the same time, Vietnam have also been together for quite some time," he added.