Bahrain’s senior men’s national football team and under-23 Olympic team kicked off their training programme yesterday in their overseas camp in Portugal.
The senior squad’s training was conducted under the supervision of head coach Helio Sousa, while the Olympic team had their training supervised by head coach Samir Ben Chammam.
The pair of Bahraini teams will be playing several friendly matches during their stay.
The senior players are gearing up for the start of their qualification campaigns for both the 2022 Fifa World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. They are already through to the second round of qualifying, which is being jointly held for both the World Cup and Asian Cup.
Prior to this, the Bahrainis will also be competing in the ninth West Asian Football Federation Men’s Championship, which will be held in Iraq starting on July 30.
Eight teams are competing in the event. They have been divided into two groups for the first round, with Group ‘A’ featuring Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen; and Group ‘B’ comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and hosts Iraq.
Meanwhile, the under-23 squad are gearing up for their campaign in the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship, which is scheduled to take place in January in Thailand.
It will be the Bahrainis’ debut in the competition, which also acts as the AFC qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Olympic team had just recently returned from their participation in the Toulon Tournament in France.