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Ivanković: Omani players have the talent to reach FIFA World Cup


Muscat: Oman national team head coach Branko Ivanković believes that Oman's players have the talent needed to realise their dream of reaching the FIFA World Cup Finals for the first time.

The 65-year-old Ivanković took charge of Oman in January, replacing Dutchman Erwin Koeman who parted ways with the West Asian side in December.

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“The short period that I have worked with the national team was good but it was not enough to know all the players,” said Ivanković in an interview with Oman Daily newspaper.

“Omani players have the necessary talents but I need more time in order to know how things will go."

Oman are currently second in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, just one point behind leaders Qatar.

“I have great ambitions and I’m confident that I can lead Oman to the World Cup,” said Ivanković. “We have a dream and football rewards whoever fights hard on the pitch.”

All football activities in Oman are suspended due to the COVID-19 and Ivanković, who is in Croatia, said he is in constant communication with the Oman Football Association.

“I’m always getting in touch with the federation in Oman,” he said. “I’m waiting for the airports to open in order to return to the Sultanate and complete my job with the national team.”

Photos: AFC, AFP

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