Bahrain steps up ahead of Gulf Cup semi-final against Oman

Bahrain's starting eleven pose for a group picture ahead of their 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match against Yemen at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City. (AP)

Bahrain has stepped up their preparation ahead of the semi-final clash in the 23rd Gulf Cup with Oman on Tuesday at the Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City.

The other semi-final will be between Iraq and the UAE.

Oman qualified for the semi-finals after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0, following a 1-0 defeat in their opening game against the United Arab Emirates, and won Group A in the process.

Bahrain are looking to rewrite history as they are aiming to secure not only their first-ever appearance in the final since the competition moved to its new format in 2004, but also their maiden Gulf Cup title.

Bahrain finished second in Group B, following a 1-0 win over Yemen, as Iraq topped the group with a 2-1 win over Qatar.

Bahrain’s best finish in the Gulf Club has been as runners-up four times in the past, including in the inaugural year of the competition in 1970, then in 1982, 1992 and last time in 2003 when the tournament was played in a single round-robin format.

Oman are aiming for a second Gulf Cup title. Their first was in 2009.

Bahrain national team head coach Miroslav Soukup in the pre-match press conference asked for the supporters’ help.

Oman head coach Pim Verbeek stated, “We will take one game at a time and, as of now, the focus is to get past Bahrain.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55