Al Shabab wins Mazda Cup title in hard-fought final

Muscat - 

Al Shabab secured the Mazda Cup title after Ghanaian player Robert Jansa scored the winning goal deep in extra time at the Buraimi Sports Complex against last year’s champions Al Nahda.

The reigning champions Al Nahda drew first blood through Faisal al Balushi in the 34th minute and held onto their lead till Ernest drew an attacking Al Shabab level 23 minutes into the second half.

With both teams fighting for the decisive goal, the closely contested match went into extra time, where Al Shabab rallied together and threw everything they had at Al Nahda’s well organised back four. The breakthrough came in the 115th minute through their Ghanaian player Robert Jansa.

Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi, the Oman Football Association (OFA) chairman and Riyadh Ali Sultan, director of Towell Auto Centre, the sole distributor of Mazda vehicles in Oman, were the guests of honour and felicitated the players and staff of both clubs with winners and runners-up medals, before handing over the trophy to a triumphant Al Shabab team.

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