Domestic season kicks off with Super Cup

Defending champion Fanja takes on His Majesty's Cup winner Saham for the Super Cup honours at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Thursday. 

The match kicks off at 7.30pm. The Super Cup is the traditional curtain-raiser to the domestic football season, with the Oman Professional League (OPL) scheduled to start on September 17.

Speaking to Muscat Daily on the eve of the clash, Sheikh Shabib al Hosni, the CEO of the OPL, said, “We are ready for the start of a new season. I hope it will be a successful one despite the ongoing financial gloom that has hit everyone.”

“The Super Cup is an ideal way to begin as it serves as a good rehearsal for us and I look forward to an exciting match tomorrow,” said Hosni. Organised by the Oman Football Association (OFA), the Super Cup is traditionally played between the winners of the previous season's OPL and the HM's Cup.

The Super Cup was marred in controversy last year when Al Arouba withdrew from the match against Fanja, handing the title to the latter. It was the second title for Fanja, which had earlier won in 2012.

Saham took the crown in 2010, while Dhofar won the inaugural edition in 1999.

Over the years, the Super Cup has seen Al Arouba (four times), Al Nahda (twice), Muscat (twice) and Al Suwaiq claim glory, besides Fanja and Saham.

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