Although Iran is one of the strongest teams in Asia, the Bahraini football team is cautiously optimistic about today's match.
The game will take place in Aleppo, Syria, as part of the pre-qualifications for the Asian Nations Cup 2000 to be held later this year in Lebanon. This will be the third game of Bahrain in this tournament, Akhbar al Khaleej daily reports. In the first game against the Maldives Bahrain won easily 4-1, but in the second one lost 0-1 to the host team of Syria.
The atmosphere in yesterday's training session was good. Hassan Ajlan, the manager of the Bahraini team, said that fans did not see the team's full potential in the match against Syria. If the players are able to play to their abilities, he believes they will beat Iran. The coach, Salman Shridah, spoke yesterday to the heart of the players and told them to make every effort in today's game.
The Iranians are brewing with confidence after their two wins against the Maldives (8-0) and Syria (1-0).
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