Mohammed Muntari believes Qatar will excel in their first World Cup, which will be held later this year.
Despite being born in Ghana, the striker plays for Qatar and will likely be involved in the tournament. The 28-year-old moved from Ghana to Qatar in 2019 and began playing for the Arab country three years later.
Qatar will compete in Group A against the Netherlands, Senegal, and Ecuador. The African champions and the Europeans are widely regarded as the two teams with the best chances of progressing from the group, with Qatar unlikely to advance.
But Muntari is confident that they can defy the odds and reach the knockout stage in their first attempt.
“In football, you never know what is going to happen. I know many countries and teams are saying that Qatar is not a football country but we will take our chances and looking at our group, I think we have a very good chance of going into the next stage.
“That’s for sure. The players have been together for many years and we know each other. We’re like a family. That is why I am saying we have a fair chance,” Muntari told 3Sports.
He played for Qatar’s U23 team before graduating to the senior team, where he has made 43 appearances and scored 12 goals so far.
Since his arrival in Qatar, Muntari has played for four different clubs. He began at El Jaish before moving on to Lekhwiya and Al-Duhail. Muntari is a member of Al Ahli at the moment.
Muntari won the Qatari championship in both 2017 and 2020. He has also won the Emir Cup and the Qatar Super Cup.