Bahrain will play Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team, today in a crucial Pool F main round game of the 2022 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Men in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
The kingdom’s side has already created quite an impression in its debut appearance in the tournament, having upset highly-rated Chinese Taipei, 3-0, in straight sets in their opening game and giving China, who are ranked fourth in Asia, a royal scare on Tuesday before going down fighting in a 1-3 defeat.
Iran, who overcame Pakistan, 3-1, after recovering from a set down in their only Pool B fixture in the preliminary round (there was no third team in their group, unlike in the other three pools), will have every reason to be wary of Bahrain, who are currently ranked 11th in Asia, after their impressive performances in the preliminary round.
Bahrain captain, Mahmood Hasan, will be hoping that star players, Naser Anan, Mohamed Abdulla, Mohamed Aldawiri, Abbas Al Khabbaz, Hussain Aljeshi and Mohamed Anan can reprise their outstanding showings from the first two games.
Meanwhile, Iran, led by Erfan Norouzi, will count on Poriya Hosseinkhanzadeh Firouzjah, who top-scored with 22 points in the game against Pakistan, and 2.06m tall, Amir Mohammad Golzadeh, who bagged 19 points in that game, to repeat their heroics.
Bahrain will barely have had time to catch their breath after this game before they take on Pakistan tomorrow in the second Pool F game. If they make it into the semi-finals which are scheduled for Saturday, they will have played three tough games in three days.
The final is scheduled for Sunday.