Ivankovic named new national football coach
Experienced Croatian Branko Ivankovic was named the new Oman football team coach on Sunday.
The Oman Football Association (OFA) board confirmed the appointment of the Croatian, who signed a two-year deal to manage the Red Warriors.
Muscat Daily had reported on Sunday that Ivankovic was likely to take over as the manager.
Ivankovic, 65, succeeds Dutchman Erwin Koeman, who was sacked last month following the national team’s early exit at the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar.
A respected coach, Ivankovic led Iran to the 2006 World Cup and earned lots of plaudits during his stint with the top Iranian club Persepolis, which he led to three Iran Professional League titles.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Said Othman al Balushi, the OFA chief executive and general secretary, said, “The board approved Branko Ivankovic for a two-year term. He will begin work with the national team from next Monday and has been asked to choose his support staff, which we will confirm once he submits the list.”
The Croatian’s main task will be to lead Oman in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualification.
Oman is currently placed second in Group E, a point behind Asian champion Qatar, who have 13 points, after five games.
Oman’s next game is on road with a match against Afghanistan on March 31. They then host Qatar on June 4 before wrapping up their campaign against Bangladesh on June 9 in Dhaka.