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

Bahrainis set for Yemen showdown

BAHRAIN'S senior men's national team conclude their preparations today for their upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen tomorrow.

The match will be played at the Sharjah Club Stadium in the UAE. It is scheduled for a 6.15pm kick-off, Bahrain time.

The match will be the first for both sides in Group 'D'. Qatar host Malaysia at Al Sadd Stadium in Doha in the other group fixture the same evening.

Bahrain head coach Gabriel Calderon from Argentina has named 23 players for tonight's match against the Yemenis.

The squad includes five of the kingdom's overseas-based professionals, namely centre-backs Mohammed Hussain (Saudi Arabia) and Hussain Baba (Kuwait), full-back Abdulla Ismail Omar (Qatar), striker Ismail Abdullatif (Qatar) and goalkeeper Ebrahim Lufthalla (Oman).

It is completed by Bahrain league stars Faouzi Aaish and Sayed Dhiya Saeed of Muharraq Club; Riffa Club standouts Saad Al Amar and Mohammed Duaij; Busaiteen talents Sami Al Hossaini, Isa Ghaleb, Abdulwahab Ali, Rashed Al Hooti and Hussain Haram; Al Hidd players Abdulla Hazza, Mahmood Al Ajmi and Abdulwahab Al Malood; Al Najma players Mohammed Al Mulla, Mohammed Tayeb and Mahmood Al Ojaimy; East Riffa's Abdulla Yusuf, Al Shabab's Sayed Ahmed Jaffar and Galali's Ahmed Al Qattal.

The team arrived in the UAE on Sunday morning and have since then trained at Al Shabab Club Stadium in Dubai.

Last night, as part of their final practice, Calderon worked on the team's strategy against Yemen, as well as on the fitness of his players.


A technical meeting will be held today and national team manager Mohammed Saad and administrator Adel Al Saydoon will be attending it.

Bahrain have geared up for the qualifier with an international friendly last Friday against Singapore, which they won decisively 3-1.

The national team delegation in the UAE is being headed by Bahrain Football Association vice-president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

Following tonight's clash with Yemen, Bahrain's next qualifying game will be on March 22 when they play host to their Qatari counterparts at the National Stadium in Riffa.

They then have a long break from the qualifying competition as the next match is on October 15 when they take on Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Bahrain will then play the return matches against all three Group 'D' sides up until the Asian Cup qualification process concludes in March next year.

Only the top two teams in each of the five qualifying groups, plus the best third-place team move on to the finals. Group 'A' features Jordan, Syria, Oman and Singapore; Group 'B' comprises Iran, Kuwait, Thailand and Lebanon; Group 'C' pits Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and Group 'E' includes Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and recently crowned Gulf Cup champions the UAE.

A total of 16 national teams will be playing in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

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