Muscat: In preparation for the 2015 Asia Cup qualifier match against Jordan this month, Oman football coach Paul Le Guen has called on 23 players for an internal camp starting on October 5 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.
Oman leading on the points table with six points will take on Jordan in the Group A clash on October 15 at the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman.
Le Guen's boys have won two back to back games against Syria 1-0 at Muscat and Singapore 2-0 in an away game.
Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, a close source at Oman Football Association (OFA) said Le Guen has carefully selected a balanced side for the key clash.
"This is going to be a crucial game for us and we are in a good position in this qualifier so we cannot afford to lose the game," he said.
Playing Jordan in Amman will be a challenging task for Oman especially after they were knocked-out of the 2014 World Cup qualifier by the same opponent few months ago.
"That match is still clear in our minds and we cannot forget that so fast. Playing Jordan at their own backyard is always the most challenging task for any team. And Jordan is playing exceptionally well so we are not taking this match lightly even though we have won the last two games easily," he said.
However, top star players such as skipper Ali Al Habsi, Imad Al Hosni, Fahad Al Jalboobi, Abid Al Noufali and Mohammed Sheeba remains to be out of the squad due to injury.
"The youngsters will have to put an extra hard work to fill in their shoes. I am sure they will play at their best," he added.
Meanwhile, according to a press release received here, the national U-22 squad will play two friendly games against Iran on October 10 and October 13 in Muscat as part of their preparations for the AFC U-22 Championship that will be hosted by Oman in January.
In Group A, Oman will face Jordan, Korea Republic and Myanmar. As part of the preparations, French coach Philipe Burle has called on an internal camp that will begin from October 5-14 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Burle has invited 24 players to the camp. The tournament is the first edition of the U-22 championship and every alternate championship will serve as the Olympic qualifiers.
Oman squad: Abdulaziz Al Maqbali, Abdulsalam Amer, Ahmed Mubarak 'Kanu', Hilal Al Jabri, Eid Al Farsi, Ali Salam Al Nahr, Faiz Al Rushaidi, Hassan Mudhafar, Ismail Al Ajmi, Jabir Al Owaisi, Mohammed Saleh Al Musallami, Raid Ibrahim, Saad Suhail, Yaqoob Al Qasmi, Mohannad Obaid, Qasim Said, Mazin Al Khasbi, Ali Sulaiman Al Busaidi, Mohammed Al Rawahi, Badr Naseeb, Azzan Al Balushi and Mohammed Al Siyabi.