Azzani replaces Migne as Oman Olympic team coach

Hamad al Azzani has been appointed as coach of the Oman Olympic team, just ten days after the Oman Football Association (OFA) announced that Frenchman Sebastian Migne would remain in charge of the side.

Migne was officially retained ten days ago, at the same time that coaches Claude Le Roy, John Burridge and Boubacar Sarr were fired. Azzani, who is also the
national team assistant coach, was informed of the decision on Sunday and told Muscat Daily, “I have been asked to take over the Olympic team. I will lead the team in the London 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers, beginning on February 23 with the game against Tajikistan.

I have called the boys and will travel to the UAE for a training camp from Sunday. We also have plans to play a friendly match against Qatar in the UAE on January 25.” Migne, however, told Muscat Daily that he was yet to receive any official confirmation of being replaced. He said, “I have a contract with the Oman Football Association as an assistant coach of the national team. I have been training the Olympic team by mutual consent, though there was nothing formal in my contract. I have not received anything in writing, though I have heard that Hamad has been given charge.”

With the OFA scheduled to shortlist the names in contention for the head coach’s job by next week, the sacking of Migne means that all the foreign coaches involved with the national teams have been fired. For Azzani, this is his second assignment as the Olympic team coach. The team reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou under Ibrahim Soomar.

“I have little time ahead of the match against Tajikistan, but I am confident that the boys will give their best,” said Azzani. “I know most of the players as eight of them were with the national team at the Gulf Cup. We have a group of 22 players and the fact that most of them have played under me gives me the confidence that I can get the best out of them.”

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