x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Transfers and more: Hickersberger heads for Bahrain

The former Al Wahda coach Josef Hickersberger will lead Bahrain at the 2011 Asian Cup finals after being appointed as the Gulf nation's new coach.

The former Al Wahda coach Josef Hickersberger will lead Bahrain at the 2011 Asian Cup finals after being appointed as the Gulf nation's new coach. The Austrian succeeds Czech Milan Macala, who left after Bahrain failed to qualify for this year's World Cup following a two-legged playoff defeat by New Zealand last November. The 62-year-old, who failed to advance Austria from their group as co-hosts of Euro 2008, led Al Wahda to the title this season, the Asian Football Confederation said on its website. Bahrain have been drawn with South Korea, India and Australia in Group C of the January 7-29 Asian finals in Qatar. Hickersberger was also coach of Bahrain earlier in 1996. * Reuters

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