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Oman kicks off 2015 AFC Cup campaign
Saeed Al Abdulsalam
February 05, 2013 , 10 : 46 pm
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Oman seeks to make a positive start to the qualifying campaign for Australia 2015 when they take on Syria in Muscat. The match will kick off at 5.15 pm at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complexwith the gate to be opened at 3.15 pm.
The Red Warriors are all set and in high spirit after their 1–0 victory against China in an international friendly played on Wednesday.According to the Official OFA Website, all professional players along with have attended the latest workouts in preparation for the Syria game.
The qualifying draw for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup which was held in Melbourne has put Oman in Group 'A' along with Syria, Jordan, and Singapore, a balanced group in which all four teams have equal chance to qualify for the next round in Australia.
The Omani street have recently expressed theirfrustrationover the latest team results, particularly after the squad's disappointing performance in the 2013 Gulf Cup held in Bahrain, pouring all the blame on the team's coach Paul Le Guen for his sterile tactics. Today's game will offer Le Guen a golden chance to regain the lost trust and answer all of his critics.
Oman Football Association (OFA)has urgedfansto attendthe awaited game tosupport theteam,throughadvertising bannerswhich have been spread outin Muscat streets, as well as advertising leafletswhich have been distributed to the OFA stall visitorsin Oman Sport Conference and Exhibition 2013 held at the Oman International Exhibition Centre from February 4 to 6.
Oman is hopeful to qualify for the third time in its history to the AFC Asian Cup finals.The Omani team first qualified in 2004 in China and second in the 2007 version co-hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. In both times, Oman could not make it to the second round.
The top two from each of five four-team groups to qualify, along with the best-performed third-placed team.Hosts Australia, current champions Japan, and both North and South Korea have automatically qualified for the finals.
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