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Wigan will surely escape relegation, says Habsi

Oman captain and goalkeeper Ali al Habsi is confident that English Premier League side Wigan Athletic, which is currently hovering in the danger zone, will surely escape relegation this season. 

Wigan is currently on 18th place with 21 points in the 20-team high-pressure league.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Habsi, who captained Oman to a 1-0 victory over Syria in the Asian Cup qualifier in Muscat on Wednesday, said,  “Wigan has been in situations like this in the past. I am confident that we will surely survive again as we still have 15 more games to play.”

Wigan recently signed 20 year old keeper Joel Robles on loan from Atletico Madrid.

The Omani player said, “Robles has arrived since our reserve keeper Mike Pollitt is injured. Robles' presence in the team is good for me actually as it creates healthy competition in the team for the No 1 keeper's spot.” 

‘We played well against Syria’

On Oman's 1-0 win against Syria at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Wednesday, Habsi said, “We played well against them. The three points that we have earned in our opening match is very important. Confidence is back in the team again after a disappointing campaign in the Gulf Cup in Bahrain recently.”

Oman’s forward Abdulaziz al Miqbali scored the winner in the 39th minute of the Group A qualifying game.

In another Group A game in Amman on Wednesday, Jordan hammered Singapore 4-0.

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