Three in fray to be­come Oman team coach

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The new na­tional foot­ball coach will be picked from three short­listed can­di­dates, the Oman Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (OFA) said on Sun­day.

The state­ment read, ‘ The Board of Di­rec­tors of OFA, held a meet­ing to­day [Sun­day] evening, chaired by the chair­man, Sheikh Salim al Wa­haibi, and in the pres­ence of mem­bers of the board to dis­cuss choos­ing a coach for the se­nior na­tional team. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the rec­om­men­da­tions of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee to se­lect the coach and the tech­ni­cal staff of the team were dis­cussed. The coach will be se­lected at the next meet­ing.’

OFA had sacked the na­tional team coach, Er­win Koe­man on December 15, fol­low­ing the Red War­riors’ early exit in the 24th Ara­bian Gulf Cup in Qatar.

Dur­ing the past ten months of his ten­ure, Koe­man led Oman in 12 matches and the team suf­fered only two de­feats un­der his reign, but the early exit at the Gulf Cup proved to be his un­do­ing. Keo­man had steered Oman to sec­ond place in Group E of the on­go­ing joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers with only World Cup hosts Qatar ahead by a point (13) after five games in the five-team pool.

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