The Bahrain Football Association (BFA) announced late last night that Bahrain will be participating in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. The prestigious biennial competition is scheduled to take place from November 24 to December 6 in Doha.
Bahrain had originally announced they were pulling out along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The decision to participate was taken by the BFA following the invitation from the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation. With Bahrain now competing, the Gulf Cup is set to feature six nations. The others are hosts Qatar, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq and defending champions Oman.
Prior to the Gulf Cup, Bahrain’s senior men’s national football team, headed by Portuguese coach Helio Sousa, will be playing two joint-qualifying matches for the Fifa World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023. The Bahrainis have never won the title but finished as runners-up four times while claiming the bronze medal thrice.