Ivankovic: I have great ambitions with Oman
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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“We have several goals but the most important is to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Finals,” 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.”
📸 جانب من المؤتمر الصحفي الذي عقده اتحاد القدم ظهر اليوم لتقديم مدرب منتخبنا الوطني الأول الكرواتي برانكو إيفانكوفيتش وطاقمه الفني المعاون. pic.twitter.com/3I28W5sC46— 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.
“We have to make a transformation and add new faces to the national team,” he explained. “I have seen the Oman players before and they have the talent to achieve good results.
“I have good experience with national teams, not only with (Islamic Republic of) Iran but also Croatia,” said Ivankovic, who guided Iran to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals.
“We have a desire for great achievements together and I will work hard to fulfill the targets of Oman Football Association.”
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