Thorough preparation for Oman
Muscat: Oman coach Pim Verbeek has chalked out a comprehensive training progamme to prepare the squad ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Speaking to the local media two days after the Oman Football Association (OFA) extended his contract till 2020, the experienced coach revealed how he plans to get the reigning Gulf Cup champions ready for the continental football showpiece to be held in the UAE during a press conference at the OFA Headquarters.
The Dutchman’s plans include as many as five training camps and a number of international friendly matches against teams of the region.
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The first of the external training camps will take place in Jordan from September 1 to 12, during which Oman will also play a friendly match against Jordan on September 11.
The team will then camp in Qatar from October 7 to 16.
During Qatar camp, the team will also play two friendlies - against Yemen on October 14 and Ecuador on October 16.
The team will then gather for a camp in Muscat from November 12 to 20, during which they will play two friendly matches, including one against Kyrgyz Republic on November 18.
That will be followed by another camp from December 7 to 22 in Muscat, during which the team will play three friendly matches against yet to be determined opponents.
Ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, which begins on January 5, 2019 the team will undergo their final training camp in the UAE from December 23, 2018.
Verbeek’s men will also play friendlies against Australia and Thailand on December 30 and January 2 respectively.
At the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, Oman are in Group F with Japan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. They scheduled start their campaign against Uzbekistan on January 9.