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Ivankovic: I have great ambitions with Oman

Thursday, January 30, 2020
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Muscat: Head coach Branko Ivankovic has several goals for Oman, the first of which is to steer the West Asian side to a historic FIFA World Cup Finals appearance.

The much-decorated Croatian was unveiled as head coach last week, replacing Erwin Koeman, and Ivankovic said he was excited to be part of Oman's football project.

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โ€œWe have several goals but the most important is to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Finals,โ€ said Ivankovic at his first official press conference in Muscat on Wednesday.

"We have short-term goals and we also have targets for a long period. I hope to help Oman become one of the strongest teams.โ€

๐Ÿ“ธ ุฌุงู†ุจ ู…ู† ุงู„ู…ุคุชู…ุฑ ุงู„ุตุญููŠ ุงู„ุฐูŠ ุนู‚ุฏู‡ ุงุชุญุงุฏ ุงู„ู‚ุฏู… ุธู‡ุฑ ุงู„ูŠูˆู… ู„ุชู‚ุฏูŠู… ู…ุฏุฑุจ ู…ู†ุชุฎุจู†ุง ุงู„ูˆุทู†ูŠ ุงู„ุฃูˆู„ ุงู„ูƒุฑูˆุงุชูŠ ุจุฑุงู†ูƒูˆ ุฅูŠูุงู†ูƒูˆููŠุชุด ูˆุทุงู‚ู…ู‡ ุงู„ูู†ูŠ ุงู„ู…ุนุงูˆู†.

— OFA - Official Page (@OmanFA) January 29, 2020

Oman are currently second in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The Reds will meet Myanmar in a friendly match on February 14 with their next Asian Qualifiers tie against Afghanistan on March 31.

Ivankovic said young players would be given a chance to stake a claim for spots in the national team.

๐Ÿ“ฝ ุจุงู„ููŠุฏูŠูˆ .. ุฃุซู†ุงุก ุชู‚ุฏูŠู… ู…ุฏุฑุจ ู…ู†ุชุฎุจู†ุง ุงู„ูˆุทู†ูŠ ุงู„ุฃูˆู„ ุงู„ูƒุฑูˆุงุชูŠ ุจุฑุงู†ูƒูˆ ุฅูŠูุงู†ูƒูˆููŠุชุด ูˆุทุงู‚ู…ู‡ ุงู„ูู†ูŠ ุงู„ู…ุนุงูˆู†.#OFA

— OFA - Official Page (@OmanFA) January 29, 2020

โ€œWe have to make a transformation and add new faces to the national team,โ€ he explained. โ€œI have seen the Oman players before and they have the talent to achieve good results.

โ€œI have good experience with national teams, not only with (Islamic Republic of) Iran but also Croatia,โ€ said Ivankovic, who guided Iran to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals.

โ€œWe have a desire for great achievements together and I will work hard to fulfill the targets of Oman Football Association.โ€

Photo: AFP

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