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Buri edge Kulaib for last eight slot

BURI shocked defending champions Dar Kulaib 7-6 on penalties and qualified for the quarter-finals of the 14th Under-21 A'ali/Credit Soccer Tournament being held at the A'ali Club grounds.

After regular time ended 0-0, Buri clinched the win after penalty shoot-outs from which they converted seven kicks by Hussain Abdulrasool, Hassan Abduljalil, Mahdi Saleh, Hassan Abdulla, Ali Salman, Ali Mirza and Hussain Ali.

Dar Kulaib, on the other hand, could capitalise on only six by Mustafa Yaqoub, Abbas Hassan, Ahmed Mahfood, Ahmed Yousif, Mahdi Abdulnabi and Mohammd Jassim while Ridha Saleh missed his kick.

In another match from the last-16 round, Karbabad outplayed Karzakan 3-0. Karbabad dominated the match but could only open the scoring in the 57th minute through Ali Ahmed who fired the second six minutes later. Ali Abdulshahid secured the victory and a place in the quarter-finals with a third goal in the 79th minute.

The quarter-finals will commence tomorrow with Nuwaidrat taking on Sa'ar at 6.45pm, followed by Karrana clashing with Al Eker.

The other two matches will be played on Saturday with A'ali taking on Buri at 6.45pm while Karbabad clash with Al Ma'ameer. All matches will take place at A'ali Club grounds.

U-17 team to play friendlies

BAHRAIN's under-17 national soccer team will play Algeria in two friendly matches on May 2 and 5 as part of their preparations for the first Arab Championship to be held in Jeddah in July.

The visiting side is also taking this match seriously as they gear up for the same event to be organised by the Arab Football Union.

The Bahraini team, coached by Al Tayeb Mohammed of Algeria, will start their preparations tomorrow at the Bahrain Football Association grounds in Riffa.

Mohammed is assisted by Isa Al Saadoon while other officials are goalkeeping coach Abdulla Belal, team manager Omran Abdulla, administrator Turki Abdulla and physiotherapist Bassil Abdulmohsin.

Mohammed has chosen 33 players from 18 first and second divisions for the first phase of preparations. The squad will then be reduced to 28 after the friendlies.

Youngsters for Italy kick-off

Three Bahrain Rugby Club teams will be taking part in a seven-a-side junior international football tournament organised by the Italian Football Association at Campo Salus in Bologna

The under-12, under-13 and under-14 teams left Bahrain yesterday to compete against teams from Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, England, France and hosts Italy.

The teams will be under the supervision of coaches Brian Cross and his wife Marie and will return on May 2.

Team sponsors are Bahrain Rugby Football Club, the Mini Football section of the club, TCL Karting for me and AMA Sports Bahrain.

Squad: Alexandre El Habr, Taymour El Madani, Paddy Gilbert, Antione Hawath, Toby Lee, Jack Pearce, Sam Cheetham, Cameron Kennedy, Adam Cross, Josh Smith, Ali Sadiq, Alex Babiolakis, Alex Marshall, Mathew Benson, Colin Boland, Paul Burnell, Dotinga Renger, Maxime Baba, Vincent Van Dieman, Gianmarco Jurkiexicz, Jola Oyebanjo and Nikhil Varghese.

A'ali win time trial race

A'ali won the team time-trial cycling race, organised by the Bahrain Cycling Association (BCA) in Sakhir. The race, which was over 22 kms, saw five clubs - East Riffa, A'ali, Al Shabab, Riffa and Budaiya - in the fray.

A'ali came first in 32 minutes 58 seconds, followed by East Riffa (32:58.81) in second place and Al Shabab (34:21.14) third. BCA president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Ahmed Al Khalifa honoured the winners at the awarding ceremony.n Triathlon for juniors

The first Bahrain Junior Triathlon organised by the Bahrain Road Runners (BRR) and under the umbrella of the Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) gets underway at 8.30am tomorrow at the Marina Club in Manama.

The event comprises a 200-metre swim in the sea, eight kilometres of cycling and a three-kilometre run.

It is open to boys and girls aged eight to 16 and they can compete as individuals, or in teams of two or three.

Registration is open from 7am to 8.10am and entry fee is BD3 for individuals and BD3 per athlete per team.

Participants can also register before race day for BD2 as an individual or BD2 as part of a team.

A compulsory briefing will be held at 8.15am before the event gets underway.

Medical services will be available and winners of the various categories will receive prizes. For more information contact BRR chairman Adnan Al Qassab on 39685547 or email bahrainrr@gmail.com.



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