AL Arouba bags domestic double

Al Arouba’s Ahmed Mubarak ‘Kanu’ holds aloft the HM’s Cup winner’s trophy as his teammates join him to celebrate their title triumph after defeating Sur 2-0 in the final at the Sur Sports Complex on Friday night (V K Shafeer/Muscat Daily)

Omantel Professional League (OPL) champion, Al Arouba, backed by their vociferous supporters, had enough firepower to beat Sur 2-0 in a Sharqiyah derby and clinch the prestigious His Majesty's Cup Football Championship at the Sur Sports Complex on Friday night.

It also completed a grand domestic double – OPL and HM's Cup – for the first time ever for Arouba and the respective titles were the fourth overall for the club.

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Oman national team and Al Arouba’s midfielder Saad Suhail (left) vies with a Sur player during the final

The chief guest, H E Sheikh Nasr al Kindi, Secretary-General of the Royal Court Affairs, gave away the winner’s trophy in the presence of H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs, ministers, under-secretaries, sheikhs and officials.

The club received a cash award of RO100,000 from the sports ministry.

National team player Eid al Farsi scored both the goals in a match that was played at a good pace despite the hot and humid conditions in front of nearly 15,000 fans.

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H E Nasr al Kindi (third from left) presents the winner’s trophy

Farsi headed in the first goal in the 16th minute off a corner-kick and then blasted a powerful volley two minutes after the interval to claim the man of the match award.

Speaking to Muscat Daily after the match, team's coach Phillipe Burle of France, said 'it was the reward of teamwork, determination and proper tactical planning'.

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Eid al Farsi (second from left) receives the man of the match award

Burle was instrumental in leading the club from eighth-place in the OPL when he took charge eight months ago to the title with three rounds to spare. And on Friday, his boys proved that it was the best team this season.

The team's skipper, Hassan Mudhaffar, was ecstatic after the win.

He said, “To play in front of the home fans and win the most coveted title in Oman is an amazing feeling. We had a successful season, winning the OPL and HM’s Cup and I thank the fans for their support.”

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Al Arouba players celebrate by clicking selfies soon after winning the HM’s Cup

The former national team skipper also hinted that he would be hanging up his boots and will not be part of Red Warriors’ campaign in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, beginning in June.

Soon after the victory, thousands of Arouba supporters celebrated by blaring horns, waving the club’s green flags, playing loud music and dancing.

Victory for Sharqiyah  football, says Arouba chief

H E Sheikh Abdullah al Mukhaini, chairman of Arouba Club, said that it was a historic day as the focus was on Sharqiyah football powers – Arouba and Sur. “We are more happy to see two teams from the region play in the final. One has to win and we won but ultimately the fans of Sur enjoyed it,” he said.

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Abdullah al Farsi (right), Sur Club chairman, receives the runner-up cash award from the chief guest AL AroubA bAgs domestic doubLe OPL champion defeats Sur 2-0 in Sharqiyah derby to lift HM’s Cup Burle was instrumental in leading the club from eighth-place in the OPL when he took charge eight months ago to the title with three rounds to spare. And on Friday, his boys proved that it was the best team this season. The team's skipper, Hassan Mudhaffar, was ecstatic after the win. He said, “To play in front of the home fans and win the most coveted title in Oman is an amazing feeling. We had a successful season, winning the OPL and HM’s Cup and I thank the fans for their support.” The former national team skipper also hinted that he would be hanging up his boots and will not be part of Red Warriors’ campaign in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, beginning in June. Soon after the victory, thousands of Arouba supporters celebrated by blaring horns, waving the club’s green flags, playing loud music and dancing. Phillipe Burle, Al Arouba coach

“The players and the coach had a wonderful bonding as quite a few players have played under him in the Olympic team when he was the coach. Their hard work made it possible and we look forward to continuing with this winning momentum,” said Sheikh Mukhaini.

The club chairman, however, refused to comment on the future of the coach Phillipe Burle, whose contract expires next week.

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“We have time to discuss his future, he has done a great job. But for now, it is time to celebrate the title win,” he said.

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