7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Sports News

Coach names 31 for Asian soccer

BAHRAIN'S coach Salman Sharida has named 31 probables for the first stage of preparations for the Asian Cup finals that will take place in Doha from January 7 to 29. The squad includes seven overseas players besides star midfielders - skipper Mohammed Salmeen, Mahmood Abdulrahman and Hussain Salman, who have recovered from their injuries.

Both Salmeen and Abdulrahman, who play for Muharraq Club, recently took part in their club's tune-up game against Bahrain Club which they won 2-0.

Bahrain's professionals are Salman Isa (Al Arabi, Qatar), Abdulla Omar (Neuchattel Xamax, Switzerland), Faouzi Aaish and Abdulla Al Marzooqi (Al Silia, Qatar), Hussain Baba (Al Wehda, Saudi Arabia), Abdulla Fatai (Ittihad Kalba, UAE) and Jaycee John (Eski_ehirspor, Turkey).

Local players include Ebrahim Al Meshkhas, Waleed Al Hayam, Fahad Al Hardan, Abdulla Al Dekheel, Hussain Salman, Hamad Rakea, Mahmood Al Ojaimi and Dawood Saad,

The remaining members are Mahmood Mansoor, Saleh Abdulhameed, Mohammed Al Harban, S Ali Isa, S Jaffer Habib, Ismaeel Abdullateef, Ebrahim Khalil, Rashid Al Hooti, Saad Al Amer, Ahmed Ali and Abdulwahab Al Malood.

Following their disappointing exit from the 20th Gulf Cup in Yemen where Bahrain were unable to pass the first round hurdle, the team will be looking to impress at the Doha Asian Cup.

Meanwhile, the Bahrain team started a training programme yesterday at the Bahrain Football Association's grounds in Riffa without their overseas players who will only be available 14 days before the Asian Cup's kick-off.

Bahrain Football Association's vice-president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said the team selection was based on Sharida's opinion of the players' performance in recent matches.

Shaikh Ali said the team would play three friendly matches against Jordan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia ahead of the Asian Cup.

Bahrainis face off with Jordan on December 28, then play against the North Koreans on January 1 and round off their preparations on January 4 when they take on Saudi Arabia.

"We have worked so hard in the past few days to guarantee the availability of our professionals at the Asian Cup finals," said Shaikh Ali.

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