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Al Rustaq hammer Shabab

Al Rustaq piled more misery on Al Shabab, who are struggling at the bottom zone,

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MUSCAT, Nov 11 – Al Rustaq piled more misery on Al Shabab, who are struggling at the bottom zone, after thumping them 4-0 in the 12th round of Omantel league on Saturday. The former champion of the league, positioned at 13th place with nine points only, suffered their third loss after going down against Mirbat and Oman Club in the previous rounds. At the Seeb Stadium, Al Rustaq dominated the proceedings with a brace from Ahmed al Kharousi and one goal each from Gasma and Mohammed al Ghafri. Al Shabab coach Musbah al Saadi agreed that the team is in a difficult situation. He said most of the players, despite having full week’s workouts, are giving only 25 per cent of their technical performance. “The management of club and players are the two main factors behind the results and the current situation. The technical coaching staff is not part of that. I hope the players would put their issues aside and enhance their technical level of play during the matches. I hope the coming break period of league will support us to solve our internal issues and to register a strong come back in the rest of matches,” Al Saadi added. On the other hand, Mohsin Darwish, coach of Al Rustaq, told reporters that his team was keen to register a victory after suffering some losses in the earlier rounds. “We will try to use the break positively. We will have an internal camp and local friendly match to gear up for Al Nahda match. We hope to continue on the winning path and jump to better positions in the league order,” Darwish added. DHOFAR POWER AHEAD League leaders Dhofar strengthened their hold on the top of the table after easily thrashing Majees 4-0. With this victory, the Salalah giants have 32 points, while Majees are still struggling at the last place with 5 points only. In the other matches, Al Oruba scored a 2-0 win over Saham at the Sohar Sports Complex. Both goals came in the second half. Thwaini Hadid netted the first goal in the 48th minute and Agebola scored the second goal in the 85th minute. At the Seeb Sports Stadium, Al Nahda held Oman Club 1-1. Tariq al Mahruqi put Oman Club in lead, while Mohammed al Marboui equalised for Al Nahda. Al Nahda maintained their second position with 23 points after the draw. Oman Club added one point to their credit to reach 10 points at 11th position. Ninth-placed Al Suwaiq were held to a 1-1 draw by Sur at the Sur Sports Complex. SOHAR WIN Sohar returned to the winning path after their loss in the HM Cup last week against Fanja. Sohar stunned Muscat 1-0 at the Sohar Sports Complex with the only goal struck by Abdul Nasser Jamal. Sohar reached to the 20 points in the third position, while Muscat missed the chance to be closer as they stayed in the fifth place with 20 points. Fourth-placed Mirbat suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Al Nasr. The only goal in the match was netted by Junior Toreh. Al Nasr reduced the gap with top teams as they reached to 19 points, while Mirbat stayed at 20 points.
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Al Faisal all set for title

Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair begins the defence of his Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge..

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DUBAI: Oman’s Al Faisal al Zubair begins the defence of his Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at the Dubai Autodrome this weekend. These are the first two races in a 16-event series that culminates with the official support race to the 2019 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir on March 29-31, 2019. Six race meetings (16 races) are in the calendar in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and the Lechner Racing Middle East driver will leave nothing to chance in his bid to retain the title he won with a race to spare in Bahrain at the start of April. Al Zubair who became the first Omani and the fourth Arab driver to win the title, said: “I am looking forward to racing again in the Middle East Championship. It was a great season last year. I am looking to come back even stronger. We will be doing two days of testing and then straight into the weekend. I am excited. Hopefully we can come out of the round on top.” Khaled al Wahaibi tackled rounds of the series last season and the young Omani is also focusing on improving and continuing to move through the ranks. A fine fourth place in the last of the races in Bahrain in the spring was sufficient for the youngster to confirm both the Rookie Championship and the Silver category in his first full season. “The first round of the championship is next weekend and I am unbelievably excited to start the new season,” said al Wahaibi. “Obviously it’s my second season. Last year went quite well. If we look at it as my debut season winning both championships, but I do think we could have done a bit better and hopefully I can show it this year. I had a few issues last year that we have dealt with. I haven’t been in the car since Spa, which was around three months ago, so I can’t wait to get back and start driving again.” Action at the opening round of the prestigious 10th running of the Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East gets underway with official testing on the 5.39km circuit in Dubai on Wednesday and Thursday (November 14-15). Official practice, race qualifying and the races follow on Friday and Saturday.

Bank Muscat launches football
championship to support local teams

Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate,

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MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in line with its vision ‘To serve you better, everyday’ and commitment to partnership in supporting youth and promoting Oman as a sporting nation, has launched a new sports initiative aimed at supporting local football teams. The bank hosted a ceremony attended by Management Team members and representatives of local teams to announce the Bank Muscat Football Championship and draw of the teams participating in the championship. The first edition of Bank Muscat Football Championship kicked off yesterday at Mina Al Fahal football field with the inaugural match played between Real Madrid and DGSL. Twenty teams are participating in the championship, divided into four groups consisting of five teams. The bank has announced a total prize money of RO 8,600 to be presented to the top three teams and other special prizes and awards for the Best team in the championship, Best player, Best goalkeeper, Best scorer and Best team manager. The championship will conclude in January 2019. Ahmed Omar al Ojaili, Senior AGM — Information Technology, said: “Taking forward our commitment to promote Oman as a sporting nation, Bank Muscat is proud to launch the football championship to support Omani youth achieve higher levels of excellence in the game of football. The bank is a pioneer in supporting Omani youth in various fields. The success achieved by the Green Sports CSR initiative of the bank through interaction and participation of local teams reiterates the bank’s support to promote the game of football as well as develop modern sports infrastructure across the Sultanate, complementing government efforts in building a sporting nation. We wish all the participating teams good luck and the football enthusiasts in Oman an exciting championship.” Bank Muscat is a major supporter of the national game of football. In all major tournaments, including the Gulf Cup, Bank Muscat has led by example, being the first private sector institution to announce support for the national team. Bank Muscat aims to strongly convey the message of support to the national teams so as to motivate others to follow suit and provide the required impetus for them to excel in sports and games. In keeping with the passion for football in Oman, Bank Muscat seizes every opportunity to promote the national game. Central to the bank’s social responsibility initiatives is the Green Sports initiative to promote Oman as a sporting nation in general and football in particular.

Oman football team to start
internal camp for Asian Cup today

The Oman national football team will begin the internal camp on Sunday at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.

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Oman football team to start internal camp for Asian Cup today

MUSCAT, Nov 10 – The Oman national football team will begin the internal camp on Sunday at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. The training camp, which will start at 4 pm today, is part of the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the UAE next January. The current internal camp will include two friendly matches. The preparatory matches will be against Syria on November 16 and with Bahrain on November 19. The coaching staff headed by Pim Verbeek and assistants Muhanna Said and Waleed al Saadi are keen to implement different technical strategies and tactics during the camp training sessions and friendly matches. Also, coaching team members will select the best squad, increase the harmony between the players and boost their readiness level prior playing against Japan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in the sixth group at the Asian Cup. Pim Verbeek, head coach of the national team, announced recently the list of players for the internal camp. The probables included the following players: Mohammed al Musalami, Ali al Busaidi, Moutaz Saleh, Al Mundher al Alawi, Harib al Saadi, Ali Salim, Salah al Yahyai, Khalid al Beriki, Khalid al Hajri, Ahmed Faraj, Mahmood al Mushaifri, Yaseen al Shiyadi, Mohsin al Ghassani, Mohsin Jawher, Ali al Jabri, Mohammed al Balushi, Nasser al Shemali, Sameer al Alawi, Eid al Farsi, Sami al Hassani, Ali al Habsi, Fayez al Rushaidi, Saad Suhail, Ahmed Mubarak, Jameel al Hamadi and Raed Ibrahim.