The Bahrain national football team is set to start their preparations for the upcoming Asian Cup under the tutelage of assistant coach Khaled Taj at the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) facility in Riffa. The Reds have been drawn with India, hosts United Arab Emirates, and Thailand in Group A of Asia's marquee tournament.
The team will then fly to the Czech Republic on June 24 where they will be participating in a training camp for 10 to 14 days under the watchful eyes of head coach Miroslav Soukup. The coach had already named a 34-member squad which is expected to be pruned to 24 before the team leaves for the Czech Republic.
Here is the 34-member Bahraini squad:
Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Kumail Abdulla, Sayed Mahdi Baqer, Ahmed Abdulla, Ibrahim Habeeb, Ali Madan, Mohammed Sahwan, Abdulaziz Khalid, Ahmed Juma’a, Mohammed Al Banna, Mahdi Abdullatif, Jamal Rashid, Isa Moosa, Abdulla Abdo, Abdulla Yousif, Mahmoud Mukhtar, Ali Isa, Hussain Jameel, Abo Baker Adem, Kumail Al Aswad, Ali Haram, Sayed Redha Isa, Yousif Habeeb, Mahdi Abduljabbar, Mahdi Hemaidan, Jassim Al Shaikh, Ahmed Bu Ghammar, Abdulwahab Al Malood, Ashraf Waheed, Ali Habib, Ahmed Moosa, Mohammed Ahmed.
UAE are expected to play Trinidad and Tobago in September and South American giants Argentina later this year. Thailand are set to play Hong Kong in October where they will try to fine-tune their final preparations before they head into the East Asian Football Championship preliminary round two with an aim to qualify for the finals which will take place in Taipei in November.