German coach to boost Bahrain women's game

The Bahrain Football Association has recruited renowed German coach Monika Staab to boost its women's game. Staab, 48, will be in Bahrain on loan for at least five months and her task is to establish a women's league and strengthen the sport by introducing a proper competition structure. The BFA has also invited a German team, FFC Hannover, to play in a friendly tournament with Bahraini teams Al Najma, Al Rifa and a high-school select Al Bayan in a seven-a-side competition to give Staab a chance to look for players.

"This tournament is a wonderful opportunity for our players to gain experience and confidence", Shaik Ali Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, BFA vice-president and head of the newly formed women's department, told AFCMedia. "This is the first time we have foreign guests in women's football and hopefully there will be more women's teams from Europe coming to Bahrain in the future for training camps and or games."