With just over 50 days until the AFC Asian Cup, Bahrain’s national team is in disarray with the country’s Football Association (BFA) confirming today that coach Adnan Hamad has been sacked following their poor Gulf Cup showing.
A disappointing 0-0 draw with regional whipping boys Yemen followed by a 3-0 hammering by Saudi Arabia which included two own goals was enough for force the BFA to act before their third and likely final game against Qatar later this week.
“The Bahraini Football Association held an urgent meeting chaired by Bahrain Football Association President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and attended by members of the BFA board in Riyadh to discuss the Bahraini national team’s poor performance and negative results in the first and second rounds of Group B in the 22nd Gulf Cup tournament that is currently being held in Riyadh,” the association’s statement read.
“During the meeting, officials from the BFA board presented the BFA President with a report of the team’s situation and evaluation in the last period, and expressed their opinion regarding the issue.”
Following the meeting, the BFA made the decision to sack Hamad with immediate effect, along with assistants Yaseen Amal and goalkeeper coach Ahmed Jassim.
Stepping in to fill the void will be assistant Marjan Eid, along with the Olympic team’s assistant Ali Amer and goalkeeper coach Abdulla Bilal.
Bahrain play Qatar in their third Group A clash on Wednesday night and can still qualify for the semi-finals with a win over Qatar, providing Yemen don’t defeat Saudi Arabia.
Of more pressing concern is their preparations for the AFC Asian Cup, with their first match against Iran in Melbourne just 54 days away.