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Al Nahda, the newly crowned Oman Professional League champions set for His Majesty’s Cup final


Al Nahda coach Hamed Al Azzani, second right, and his Fanja counterpart Guglielmo Arena, right, pictured along with their star players Mohammed Sheiba, left, and Badr Al Maimani at OFA headquarters in Seeb on Friday. Photo – Supplied

Muscat: Al Nahda's celebrated coach Hamed Al Azzani will look to gift his side a grand domestic double when they take on Fanja in the prestigious His Majesty's Cup final at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausharon Saturday.

Al Nahda, the newly-crowned Oman Professional League (OPL) champions are also aiming for a memorable climax as they face the eight-time HM's Cup winners Fanja.

"We want to finish this season on a high. It would be a dream come true if we could win the HM's Cup as well," said Azzani, speaking to reporters ahead of the match at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Friday.

Heaping praise on the winning record set by Fanja, Azzani noted that his side is expected to face a stiff battle. "They (Fanja) have a very strong record of winning more titles than we do. Playing them in a final is always a difficult task, but we are confident of winning this," Azzani stated.

The soft-spoken Azzani, who was recently appointed as Oman's Under-22 coach due to his impressive track record at the domestic level, pointed out that he has complete faith in his team.

"My boys have given me one-hundred per cent commitment whenever I have asked for it. They recognise the seriousness of this match, and they are fully geared up to play," he remarked.

When asked whether his side is under pressure to win the elusive trophy, Azzani stated, "Most of our players are either playing in the senior national team or the U-22 team, and they are all professionals.

They are not under pressure. I am sure they will play at their usual best."

Fanja's Italian coach Guglielmo Arena said his side are aiming to set a new record by winning the ninth title. They last won the title 23 years ago.

"We want to win this, and this is the right time. I know we last won the Cup in 1991, and this is a golden opportunity for us now," Arena added.

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