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Futsal tourney sees final prelim rounds

By Abdellatif Sharaa

KUWAIT: The preliminary rounds of the fourth West Asia futsal tournament will conclude on Thursday. UAE play Bahrain at 4:00 pm, then Lebanon will play Oman at 7:30 pm in the third and final round in the second group. Oman and Lebanon are co-leaders of the group with 4 points each, followed by Bahrain in third with 2 points and pointless UAE in fourth and out of competition.

Winning is a must for Oman, Lebanon and Bahrain, because the draw may put any of them in danger of exiting the tournament in case Bahrain wins big. The second round, which was played on Tuesday, resulted in Lebanon’s winning against UAE 2-1, while Bahrain drew with Oman 2-2.

Lebanon’s coach Rabee Abu Shiya said he is not satisfied with his players performance in general, particularly in the first 10 minutes, adding some players lack experience. He said the team must avoid mistakes against Oman if they want to qualify for the semifinals.

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