Published: 19 January 2009
After leading Oman to a maiden Gulf Cup title head coach Claude Le Roy is hoping the historic triumph will inspire success in Monday’s 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.
MUSCAT – After leading Oman to a maiden Gulf Cup title head coach Claude Le Roy is hoping the historic triumph will inspire success in Monday’s 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.
Oman won their first Gulf Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Saudi Arabia on Saturday and the Frenchman is well aware a second important match in quick succession will prove a big test for his side as they look to make a strong start to their Group B challenge.
Le Roy’s charges beat Qatar 1-0 last Wednesday before dominating Saudi Arabia in Saturday’s final as they twice hit the woodwork before prevailing 6-5 on penalties but only after 120 energy sapping minutes.
“It will be hard to concentrate on this match as all the concentration was on the Gulf Cup. But the players will be buoyed by the win in the Gulf Cup and I hope they can continue their good recent performances,” said the 60-year-old.
“We were fully concentrated on playing well against Saudi Arabia and to win the title before turning out attentions to the game against Indonesia.
“When I first arrived I said that the aim was to win the Gulf Cup and also play well in the Asian Cup. Our target was to win the Gulf Cup and qualify for the Asian Cup and I hope we can do that.”
Indonesia arrived in Oman last week to acclimatise and watched Oman’s Gulf Cup semi-final win over Qatar and final success over Saudi Arabia.
And Indonesia coach Benny Dollo believes the opportunity see Oman in action in person will give his side the advantage as they look to make a successful start to their qualifying campaign.
"I'm happy that we had the opportunity to watch Oman," he said.
"Oman played well in the Gulf Cup and their results in the tournament show that they are a very good team.
"I believe that Oman will play with a West Asian style. Their style is a mixture of tactical short passes and quick attacks on the flanks and we must be ready for them.”
Indonesia reached the semi-finals of the recent AFF Suzuki Cup before losing to Thailand and warmed-up for Monday’s Group B opener with a 3-2 win over Oman League outfit Al Shabab last Thursday.