AL NASR RE­GAINS HM’S CUP TI­TLE

Salalah gi­ant edges past Ahli-Sidab 2-1 in the fi­nal to win the cov­eted tro­phy for the eighth time

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

It was cel­e­bra­tion in rain as Al Nasr de­throned Ahli-Sidab to re­gain His Majesty's Cup Hockey Cham­pi­onship crown at the Sul­tan Qa­boos Sports Com­plex (SQSC) on Thurs­day night.

The Salalah gi­ant edged past its ri­val 2-1 in a match played in rain and cool con­di­tions to claim its eighth ti­tle. It had last won in 2017 when it de­feated Seeb 3-0 in the fi­nal.

For Ahli-Sidab, its hopes of achiev­ing a record 12th ti­tle was dashed as its play­ers strug­gled to cope with the con­di­tions and soaked pitch.

It was the eighth crown for Al Nasr, which is next only to Ahli-Sidab and Seeb clubs, who have won it 11 times.

In a match that wit­nessed all the three goals in the first quar­ter, Al Nasr de­fence stood firm to deny Ahli-Sidab in the re­main­ing three quar­ters for a de­serv­ing vic­tory.

Al Nasr coach Mo­hammed al Ba­trani said that his boys had 'achieved the goal of win­ning the ti­tle'.

“We had good plans and it is a re­sult of team­work and hard­work,” he said af­ter the match.

Hamed Razi and Mo­hammed Ameen scored for Al Nasr while Jan­dan Singh got for Ahli-Sidab.

Al Salam Club, which won the bronze medal, also had its player, Mo­hammed al No­ufali, re­ceive the Most Valu­able Player (MVP) award. Also Al Salam's goalie Ibrahim al Farsi claimed the best goal­keeper award while Mo­hammed Has­san al Lawati of

Seeb emerged as the top-scorer with ten goals.

Later, H E Sheikh Saif bin Mo­hammed al Shabibi, Min­is­ter of Hous­ing, awarded the tro­phy and other awards in the pres­ence of H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, Min­is­ter of Sports Af­fairs, Oman Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion (OHA) chair­man Talib al Wa­haibi, and other guests.

Be­sides the glit­ter­ing tro­phy, Al Nasr took home a cash award of RO40,000 while Ahli-Sidab re­ceived RO25,000. Al Salam took home a cash award of RO15,000.

A to­tal of 11 clubs had en­tered in the fray of the old­est do­mes­tic tour­na­ment in the sul­tanate. Also for the first time, the OHA used the VAR (Video As­sis­tant Ref­eree) sys­tem in the pres­ti­gious do­mes­tic tour­na­ment.

Al Nasr cap­tain Mah­mood Ashoor (right) and You­nis al No­ufali re­ceive the HM’s Cup from H E Sheikh Saif al Shabibi at the SQSC on Thurs­day

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