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Bahrain set for Myanmar event

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

BAHRAIN’S under-23 Olympic football team is set to take part in the Alpine Cup 2018 in Myanmar.

The international friendly tournament will be taking place from August 1 to August 5 in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Along with Bahrain and the host nation, their Olympic counterparts from Thailand and South Korea will also be taking part.

The Bahrainis are using the event as a part of their preparations for the upcoming 18th Asian Games, which are scheduled to take place in late August in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.

On the opening day of the competition on August 1, the Bahrainis take on Thailand in the first game while South Korea play the home side. On August 3, the Thais clash with their South Korean rivals while Bahrain take on the hosts.

The third and final day of action on August 5 will see Bahrain and South Korea face off in the first fixture, to be followed by Thailand and Myanmar battling it out.

Following the single round-robin, the team with the most points from their three matches played will be crowned champions. The winners will receive a financial reward of $10,000.

Bahrain’s Olympic football team are fresh off a winning participation in the PSSI Anniversary Cup 2018 in Indonesia.

The under-23 nationals, coached by Samir ben Chammam, clinched the title after beating North Korea 4-1 in their concluding match. They finished the competition with two wins and a draw – the other win being a 1-0 result against the Indonesian hosts and then a 3-3 stalemate with Uzbekistan.

Football is set to be one of 40 sports to be included in the Asian Games. South Korea are the defending champions, while North Korea were the silver-medallists from the previous edition with Iraq coming away with the bronze.

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