In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Bahrain’s national handball team secured an impressive 29th place overall in the 10th Men’s U19 Handball World Championship, held in Croatia. The tournament culminated with Bahrain’s resounding victory over Mexico, solidifying their standing in the competition.
Facing off against Mexico in their final ranking game, Bahrain exhibited their prowess on the handball court, dominating the second half of the match. With a halftime score of 18-14 in favor of Bahrain, the team surged ahead in the later stages, outscoring their opponents 19-7 and clinching a convincing 37-21 victory.
This achievement marks a significant moment for Bahrain, as they achieved their lowest ranking in the tournament among their five appearances in the World Championship. Their previous rankings include eighth place in 2007, 17th in 2011, 22nd in 2017, and 17th in 2019. This latest victory adds to Bahrain’s growing legacy in the world of handball.
Salman Alshowaikh emerged as a standout player for Bahrain, contributing nine goals against the Mexican team. His exceptional performance not only propelled Bahrain to victory but also earned him the coveted title of Player of the Match. Alshowaikh’s remarkable contribution was recognized with a special prize awarded to him at the conclusion of the match.
Joining the ranks of top contributors were Nooh Almusawi and Ali Mohamed, who scored six and four goals respectively. Jaffar Farsan, Mohamed Almarzooq, and Mohamed Ali each added three goals to Bahrain’s total, showcasing the team’s cohesive and well-rounded efforts. Ahmed Fardan and Abdulla Mohamed chipped in with two goals each, further bolstering Bahrain’s dominance.
The team’s triumph was not just the result of individual performances but a collective effort, with players like Sayed Mahmood Alfalahi, Sayed Husain Almahafda, Shuaib Abdulla, Elias Ali, and Ali Kadhem each adding a goal to Bahrain’s impressive tally.
On the opposing side, Brian Gonzalez and Yahir Reyes displayed their skills for Mexico, contributing five goals apiece in their valiant effort against Bahrain.
This edition of the youth handball world championship featured a field of 32 teams, and Bahrain’s achievement stands as a testament to their dedication and hard work in a highly competitive environment.
Leading Bahrain’s charge in the tournament was their coach, Icelandic tactician Maksim Akbachev. Under his guidance and strategic direction, the team showcased their growth and development in the sport, impressing spectators and enthusiasts alike.
As Bahrain celebrates their remarkable victory over Mexico and their commendable 29th place overall in the 10th Men’s U19 Handball World Championship, they pave the way for a promising future in the world of handball. With a history of consistent improvement and determination, Bahrain’s handball team continues to inspire athletes and fans around the globe.