BAHRAIN beat out two "top teams" in bidding for the friendly match against Inter Milan, General Organisation for Youth and Sports (Goys) president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa told the GDN last night, reports PATRICK SALOMON.
"We were three parties in all hoping to schedule a game against Inter; the two others were top teams here in Europe. But the relationship we developed when they held their training camp in Bahrain two years ago helped us win the right to play the match," Shaikh Fawaz told the GDN in an exclusive telephone interview.
The Goys chief added that the national team will be boosted by the additions of Sayed Mohammed Adnan and Hussain Baba for the match. Neither player is currently with the squad in their on-going training camp in Austria. They are with their respective clubs - Adnan with Qatar's Al Khor and Baba with the UAE's Al Shabab - preparing for their new domestic seasons.
Shaikh Fawaz also said that Switzerland-based Bahrainis Abdulla Ismail Omar and Abdulla Fatai will not be able to join the team for the tie. Their club, Neuchatel Xamax, have a game scheduled on the same day in the Swiss Super League.
"This match is not just a friendly for our team; it is the highlight of our camp," Shaikh Fawaz said. "We are getting a lot of enthusiasm from our players who are very much looking forward to playing this game, and they are very motivated to perform well. We hope to get the most we can out of it, as the main objective is still to get ready for our playoff with Saudi Arabia, and what better way to do so than facing the Italian champions?"
Shaikh Fawaz said that the friendly will be telecast in Bahrain, although it is still to be determined which channel will air the game.