Bahrain line up four friendlies to prepare for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
Prague: Miroslav Soukup's Bahrain have begun preparations for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 with a training stint in the Czech Republic which started on Sunday.
oukup, a Czech Republic native, will take charge of the 24-man squad for the week-long summer camp after the selection process of trimming the 34 players earlier last week in Bahrain.
Bahrain will also be looking forward to the four friendlies lined up ahead of the continent's marquee tournament in 2019.
They will face Philippines on September 6, followed by a game against China on September 10. They will then play Syria on October 11, followed by a friendly against Palestine on October 16.
Bahrain will be competing in their fifth consecutive AFC Asian Cup Finals and their target will be to better the fourth place finish of 2004.
Following the Draw in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain are Group A and will have UAE, Thailand and India for company.
Bahrain will kick start their Asian Cup campaign when they play hosts UAE on January 5 next year at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Source: Bahrain Football Association, AFP