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Ahli face Muscat Club.

BAHRAIN'S Al Ahli take on Muscat Club of Oman tonight in the semi-finals of the 30th Gulf Clubs Handball Championship, being played in Muscat.

The six-time champions are aiming for their seventh crown this year. Ahli most recently won in 2007 while their first title came in 1989.

Ahli are so far unbeaten in this year's competition, finishing the preliminary round with three wins from as many games and advancing to the final four as group 'A' winners. Qatar's Al Ahli qualified behind the Bahrainis.

Muscat, meanwhile, were runners-up of group 'B' behind Saudi Arabia's Al Noor. Muscat have one defeat so far in the event.

The Bahrainis, guided by former national team coach Borut Macek from Slovenia, will be relying heavily on star player and skipper Saeed Johar today, along with goalkeeper Mohammed Abdulhussain and Syrian international Wafi Qadoor, who have signed with Ahli just for the tournament. Ahli mainstays Ahmed Abdulnabi, Maher Ashoor, Ali Hussain, Abbas Malalla, Ahmed Tarrada, Mohammed Mirza, Ahmed Ali, Mahmood Al Wanna and Sadeq Ali will also be expected to contribute.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 4.30pm. Prior to the tie, Qatar's Ahli and Saudi's Noor face off in the other semi-final.

The championship game will be played on Monday.

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