Roger De Sa has personally confirmed that he will be joining Carlos Queiroz at the Qatar national team, as his assistant.
De Sa has signed for the next three and a half years with the national team that recently hosted the FIFA World Cup.
The former Wits mentor will fulfil the same role he did with both Egypt and Iran. Queiroz was unveiled as the new manager of Qatar earlier this month, and he and De Sa will now plot the next four years for their national team. He will kick off his tenure on the first of March.
“I signed yesterday with the Qatar national team,” Roger De Sa told Joshua_Journo at ThisIsfootball.Africa.
“I’m leaving on Tuesday to start work on the first of March. It’s a three-and-a-half-year contract and we obviously want to qualify for the World Cup and do as well as we can.
“Looking forward to it, great faculties, a fantastic country, very passionate and very ambitious.
“Obviously also sad to leave South Africa but I’ll be back and popping in regularly. But, yes this is a good challenge.”
The former Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates, Ajax Cape Town, Maritzburg United and head coach first worked with Queiroz as goalkeeper coach when the Portuguese mentor was in charge of Bafana Bafana twenty years ago.
De Sa also got involved with the 2010 Portugal national side at the 2010 FIFA World Cup under Queiroz again.
This publication reported that De Sa was on the move with the Chinese reporting that a deal was struck with their national team.
Then later the Qatar move was more imminent as De Sa indirectly told us that China was not the only option.
Queiroz and De Sa’s first task will be to help Qatar qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
A feat that would be their first ever qualification after they gained automatic qualification as hosts for the 2022 tournament.