The Organizing Committee of the 21st Gulf Cup receives all lists of squad

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Manama, Dec. 16 (BNA) -- The Organizing Committee of the 21st Gulf Cup has finally received all the eight lists of squad coming to Bahrain for the prestigious football tournament, scheduled to take place from January 5 to 18 next year.

Iraq was the last football federation to submit their squad, which features 35 probables, who will be further reduced to 23 players just before the start of the tournament. The three-time Gulf Cup champions will travel to Bahrain with its full-strength squad, headed by veteran skipper and striker Younis Mahmood and experienced midfielder Nashat Akram. Other prominent players, who were part of the Iraqi team that won the Asian Cup in 2007, include goalkeepers Noor Sabri and Mohammed Kassid, Hawar Mulla Mohammed, Samal Saeed, Ali Rehaima, Ala'a Abdulzahra and Ahmed Abbas. The remaining players are Jalal Hassan, Hossam Ibrahim, Ali Bahjat, Amjad Kalaf, Hussam Kadhim, Abbas Rehaima, Ahmed Ibrahim, Amjad Radhi, Khaldoun Ibrahim, Osama Rashid, Dawood Haider, Salam Shaker, Walid Salem, Nabil Sabah, Saad Ameer, Hamadi Ahmed, Muthana Khalid, Ahmed Yassin, Mohammed Hamid, Ammar Abdul-Hussein, Saif Salman, Ali Adnan, Hammam Tarek, Muhannad, Abdul Rahim, Mustafa Nazim and Ahmed Abbas. It is noteworthy that the preliminary lists of teams will be reduced to 23 players, including three goalkeepers, and will be approved at the Technical Committee meeting on January 4. The organising committee will also allow the participating countries to change five players from the list preliminary squad eight days before the start of the event. The Media Committee, meanwhile, continued its series of meetings at the Organising Committee premises in Seef District as the tournament countdown has already started, in order to reach maximum readiness well before kick-off. During the meeting, which was chaired by Tawfiq Al Salhi, committee members discussed what have been recently published in local media. Public co-ordinator Ali Al Arabi noted that the media personnel accreditations committee continued to receive many requests from media representatives from all over the GCC, which will be sorted soon. On his part, Bahrain Sports Channel TV programmes director Fawaz Shamsan said the channel will broadcast 11 programmes during the tournament, in addition to daily radio bulletins. The committee also reviewed issues related to the tournament's website, being updated in Arabic and English on daily basis. To mark Bahrain's National Day celebrations, the organising committee hosted a special ceremony, which was attended by tournament director Ahmed Al Nuaimi, deputy director Mirza Ahmed, as well as sub committees heads and its staff. EM