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Verbeek reaction angers
Oman fans, clarifies remarks later

Omani football fans and especially the ones who travelled ...

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Verbeek reaction angers Oman fans, clarifies remarks later
Omani football fans and especially the ones who travelled to the UAE are unhappy with Oman head coach Pim Verbeek after he called the fans’ criticism of the Iran loss as ‘stupid’. Oman had suffered a 2-0 defeat to Iran in their Asian Cup Round of 16 clash on Sunday and Verbeek’s reaction on television triggered angry responses from Oman fans. “Stupid, absolutely stupid, the fans and everyone should be proud of this team and every player, not the starting eleven only, the 10 or 11 who are sitting on the bench as well. I can’t believe that people are criticising my players,’’ was the reaction of the Dutchman Verbeek on Oman Sport TV channel yesterday.
‘CRITICISM OF THE TEAM UNJUSTIFIED’ However, clarifying his remarks in a telephonic chat with Oman Daily Observer, Verbeek stated that the fans’ reaction to the defeat was unjustified after what the ‘Red Warriors’ had achieved in the last two weeks. Verbeek had used the word ‘stupid’ to answer Oman Sport TV channel broadcaster’s question: What’s your impression about some of the media outlets and fans who are criticising some of your players? In his clarifying remarks, Verbeek said “people and media who criticise any player of my team after what they achieved in the last few weeks are crazy and disrespectful,’’ Verbeek told Oman Daily Observer in an exclusive chat. On the other hand, Verbeek said Oman’s performance in the Asian Cup has been a team effort and not about few individuals. “They should be very proud of what we did. Achieving results is not because of a few players but because of the hard work of all the players in the last seven weeks including the medical staff, supporting staff and the coaching staff.’’
THANKS FANS WHO STOOD BY THE TEAM Verbeek thanked all the fans who supported and encouraged the team throughout the tournament. ‘’We are proud of what we did in the Asian Cup and we would like to thank all the fans who supported us in the stadium and at home. They were great.’’ Verbeek said. ‘’In my two years in Oman, I got fed-up of this whole story of only criticising, they must be proud of those players, I’m proud, everyone is proud and they should be proud too.’’ Verbeek told Oman Sport TV channel. Meanwhile, the Dutchman spoke about the takeways for the ‘Red Warriors’ from the Asian Cup. ‘’The biggest advantage is the young players coming in like Salah al Yahyaee and Mohsin al Ghassani who got a big experience in the tournament which will help them in the Olympic qualification in March 2019.’’ Verbeek said.

Ministry handball shield

MUSCAT, Jan 21 – As many as ten clubs will take part ...

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Ministry handball shield championship
MUSCAT, Jan 21 – As many as ten clubs will take part at the ninth edition of the Ministry of Sports Affairs handball shield championship which will begin on February 20. The ten teams will be distributed into three groups. Defending champion Oman club will preside over the first group beside Ahli Sidab and Saham club. The second group comprises Sohar, Muscat and Seeb. Dhofar Governorate clubs are grouped in third group consisting Salalah, Al Nasr, Al Etihad and Dhofar. The first and second places in each group will qualify to knockout stage.

Young Shonal clinches Dubai
O-Plate title

Muscat: ISG International student Shonal Kunimal emerged...

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Young Shonal clinches Dubai O-Plate title
Muscat: ISG International student Shonal Kunimal emerged as the winner of the Dubai O-Plate Championship held at the Dubai Kartdrome last Friday. Dubai O-Plate is the United Arab Emirates’ annual big weekend for professional kart racers held at the Dubai Kartdrome. The event sets local talent up against international drivers for top honors of becoming Dubai O-Plate Champions on the world renowned circuit. The prize for the Dubai O Plate Champion is 1x PAROLIN Kart Chassis complete with IAME cadet engine (Courtesy of George Gibbons Motorsport & IAME UAE) + 2 x Month Practice Package with GGM. It was a determined performance from the young Shonal as his passion was evident in his performance as he won the O-Plate in the bambino class. Leonardo Abalos, Shonal’s mechanic for the O-Plate, said he couldn’t ask more from Shonal while watching the excellent performance of Shonal in every time trial. In the second time trial on race day, Shonal fell sick and was hit by a bout of dizziness and fever. But the young racer showed his resilience in abundance being aided by his mother Dr Nabrees Qandeel. Shonal finished the third and final time trial with a difference of 2.5s ahead of the other racers. In 2019 Dubai O Plate Championship, Shonal made a new record timed 1:13.129s, the fastest lap time ever in the Dubai O-Plate, in the third time-trial on 7th lap. Shonal captured a difference of 1.755 seconds faster than last year O-Plate winner UK driver Maison Rudman who made 1m: 14.884s. Shonal’s coach and former Oman international racer, Sanad al Rawahi said “I am extremely happy for Shonal. He has been very dedicated to the sport and he has worked very hard to reach to this level of driving. Shonal is very talented, smart, eager to learn individual and has got so much potential in future. As a coach, I am very much honored to be working with such a high-spirited boy. He has proven his worth at the O-Plate and he definitely deserved the O-Plate Champion title. After the victory of all the four time trials, Shonal with a lead of 2 seconds made a clean sweep to be on the top spot. Romania’s Lennard Titica tried chasing Shonal on each time-trial who got the second position and Nicholas Stura (Italian driver) hold the 3rd position.

Oman determined to
create history

Abu Dhabi: Oman’s desire to create more history will drive them ...

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Oman determined to create history
Abu Dhabi: Oman’s desire to create more history will drive them when they take on Islamic Republic of Iran in their AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 tie at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Three-time champions Iran may be the favourites but Oman, said skipper Ahmed al Mahaijri, are not daunted with the prospect of facing the Continent’s top ranked team. “Iran is a very strong team but so are we. We played Japan and Uzbekistan and we showed that we can hold our own against teams who are ranked much higher than us,” said Al Mahaijri. “We have already created history by making the knockout stage but we are not satisfied with just that. We want to create more history.” Oman advanced to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams, qualifying for the knockout stage for the first time in four appearances. It is a well deserved achievement as the Gulf Cup champions came through a challenging group. A lapse in concentration saw them falling to a late 2-1 defeat against Uzbekistan and they produced a gritty performance in the 1-0 loss to Japan. They saved their best for last as late goals saw them overcome Turkmenistan 3-1, a result which confirmed their knockout stage berth. “What we showed in all three matches is that we will fight till the final second. We are a team and we complement one another very well,” said the midfielder, 33, who scored the opening goal against Oman with a sublime free-kick. “Playing Iran is something that we are really looking forward to. These are the kind of games we want to play. “It will be a difficult match for us but we will make it difficult for Iran too. We want to give more joy to our fans and we are aiming to do just that.”