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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain champions Al Najma are set to fly the Kingdom’s flag in back-to-back major competitions in the coming weeks.
Najma is expected to first compete in the 38th Gulf Club Men’s Handball Championship in Kuwait which starts today and then from June 22-30, he will compete in the 24th Asian Men’s Club League Championship in Hyderabad, India.
The Bahrainis are in Group B for the Gulf event alongside Saudi Arabia’s Mudhar and Kuwait’s Al Salmiya.
Group A includes Al Kuwait SC, Muscat of Oman, Al Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates and Al Ahly of Qatar.
Today is the first day of action, but Najma is only expected to hit the pitch in their opening game on Monday.
They then play Mudhar and then face Salmiya the next night.
The top two teams at the end of a single round robin will advance to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, for the Asian club competition later this month, the Bahrainis have been drawn into Group B with Al Kuwait of Kuwait, Al Safa of Arabia, Mes Kerman of Iran and Al Wakra of Qatar.
Group A consists of just four teams, including Al Noor from Saudi Arabia, Al Qadsia from Kuwait, Al Arabi from Qatar and T Sports Club from the hosts India.
Najma will play his first match of the competition on June 22 against Safa.
They will then face Kuwait the next day, before playing against Mes Kerman on June 24. Their last group game will then take place on June 26 against Wakra.
The top two teams from both groups advance to the last four, while the next two compete in the consolation round for their final standings.
Al Duhail Club of Qatar are the defending champions of the competition, which also serves as the qualifying event for the International Handball Federation (IHF). Super Globe Najma won the Asian club title once in the past, in 2017.
In the previous edition of the competition, they finished fourth after a narrow loss in the bronze medal contest.
Najma prepared both events locally