This was the initial time in history that the team had won the biennial tournament away from residence, possessing previously only claimed the title as the host nation in 2009.
Mazda, with each other with Towell Auto Centre (TAC), the sole distributor of Mazda automobiles in the sultanate, is proud to have been a driving force behind the team’s overall performance as the Official Automotive Partner of the Oman Football Association (OFA) given that 2014, and they sent a heartfelt congratulations to the team for their title-winning overall performance.
Immediately following the win, the nation erupted in celebration at venues across the nation exactly where the match was getting broadcast and took to the streets with national flags, scarves and pictures of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, to celebrate.
When they arrived back in Muscat, the triumphant team also received a hero’s welcome at an official welcome ceremony at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher, exactly where thousands of elated fans had gathered to show their help and appreciation.
Oman’s road to victory integrated a significantly less-than-excellent begin in their initial Group A stage match when they went 1- down in their initial match against the UAE. However, they quickly got back on track when they defeated host nation Kuwait 1- in their second group stage match, and followed this up with a robust two- win more than Saudi Arabia to finish best of Group A. In Group B, Iraq completed best of the table, ahead of Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen.
In the knockout stage semi-finals, Oman beat Bahrain 1- to safe their location in the finals, although the UAE progressed via following defeating Iraq in a penalty shootout.
The finals then took location on the evening of the January six, and turned out to be a tensely fought affair for each Oman and the UAE. While Oman missed out on numerous scoring possibilities throughout the match, issues turned in favour of the UAE when they have been awarded a penalty with just a handful of minutes left on the clock.
However, ‘The Red Warriors’ goalkeeper, Faiz al Rusheidi created a match-winning save to maintain Oman’s winning hopes alive and following the final whistle, as nicely as following added time, the score remained at – for each sides.
The match then came down to a penalty shoot-out exactly where Faiz al Rusheidi once more created a miraculous save, prior to Oman’s star quantity 10 player, Mohsin al Khaldi, struck residence the winning objective for the sultanate and the general five-four victory more than the UAE on penalties.
Just prior to departing for the tournament, 4 crucial players of the Oman National Football Team Abdulaziz al Muqbali, Ali al Busaidi, Mohammed al Muselemi and Ahmed Mubarak have been present for the launch of Mazda’s new-generation CX-five crossover SUV at the Mazda showroom in Azaiba, Muscat. During the launch, the players took element in a meet and greet, photo shoot and autograph signing session with fans.
Riyadh Ali Sultan, basic manager, Towell Auto Centre, who had fortuitously wished ‘The Red Warriors’ good results throughout the tournament at the Mazda CX-five launch, was delighted with the team’s victory.
He mentioned, “The Oman National Team has brought footballing glory to this great nation. Mazda has been the official sponsor of the Oman Football Association since 2014, and has extended substantial support to the Oman National Team as well as the National League and community football initiatives undertaken by the association. With this in mind, we are incredibly proud of this historic achievement. The fact that the team played consistently well throughout the tournament and continued on to win the trophy is a true sign of their greatness. We are proud of all of the players as well as the coaches, management staff and the many thousands of fans that showed their support during the entire tournament.”
Sultan added, “This win has also inspired Towell Auto Centre to continue with excellent service as we head off into the 2018 year. We’re also very excited about what we’ll be offering Oman-based customers with our new-generation range of Mazda vehicles.”
In 2018, Mazda models presently accessible in the sultanate via Towell Auto Centre contain the Mazda two, Mazda three, and Mazda six models the Mazda CX-three, CX-five and CX-9 variety of SUV crossovers as nicely as the MX-five roadster and BT-50 PRO choose-up.
The automobiles function groundbreaking, human-centric engineering technologies, as the Japanese manufacturer describes it, unprecedented driving overall performance and interior and exterior styling.
Information Source: Muscat Daily