Al Nasr takes on Seeb, Sa­ham to face So­har in round-of-32

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Our Correspondent Muscat

HIS MAJESTY’S CUP FOOT­BALL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP De­fend­ing cham­pion Al Nasr will face a tricky op­po­nent in for­mer win­ners, Seeb, as they clash in the round-of-32 of the 2018-19 His Majesty's Cup Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship that will be played on Septem­ber 18-19.

The sin­gle-leg knock­out round-of-32 for­mat will see Al Nasr, which won its fifth ti­tle in April this year af­ter a penalty shootout win over So­har, drawn against Seeb, which last won the crown in 1998.

The draw cer­e­mony was held at the Kempin­ski Ho­tel Muscat un­der the aus­pices of H H Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini al Said, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters for Con­fer­ences, in the pres­ence of Sheikh Salim al Wa­haibi, the Oman Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (OFA) chair­man and other top of­fi­cials and club of­fi­cials.

In the other mouth-wa­ter­ing clashes, two-time win­ners Sa­ham will take on last year's run­ner-up So­har in a Bati­nah derby.

Record nine-time cham­pi­ons Fanja meets Al Salam while eight-time win­ners Dho­far faces Oman Pro­fes­sional League ri­val, Muscat, in their open­ing round fix­tures.

An­other five-time win­ners, Ahli-Sidab, which scraped into the round-of-32 as the last qual­i­fier on Mon­day, will take on Al Arouba while an­other heavy­weight, Al Suwaiq, is ex­pected to have a smooth sail­ing ahead as it was drawn against Bashayer, a first-di­vi­sion side. In an­other ex­cit­ing clash fea­tur­ing two top-flight sides, Al Nahda will meet Ma­jees.

The round-of-32 will be fol­lowed by an­other sin­gle-leg round-of-16 to be held on Oc­to­ber 7.

The quar­ter­fi­nals will wit­ness home and away legs to be played on Novem­ber 6 and De­cem­ber 4 while the dou­ble-leg semi­fi­nals are sched­uled to be held on March 16 and April 10 next year.

The fi­nal is ex­pected to be held in April.

Round-of-32 fix­tures: Al Nasr vs Seeb, Sa­ham vs So­har, Al Bashayer vs Suwaiq, Fanja vs Al Salam, Al Nahda vs Ma­jees, Al Hamra vs Al Mus­sanah, Quriyat vs Sa­mail, Salalah vs Rus­taq, Al Mud­haibi vs Mir­bat, Jalan vs Bahla, Bidiyah vs Al Shabab, Al Wasta vs Yan­qul, Diba vs Sur, Al Arouba vs Ahli-Sidab, Dho­far vs Muscat, Nizwa vs Oman.

(Muscat Daily)

H H Sayyid Harib al Said picks Seeb Club’s chit dur­ing the draw cer­e­mony of the His Majesty’s Cup Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship on Wed­nes­day

H H Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini al Said (left) re­ceives a me­mento from Sheikh Salim al Wa­haibi at the HM’s Cup draw cer­e­mony

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