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Oman to face Jordan, India in friendlies


Muscat: Oman have arranged international friendlies against Jordan and India in mid-March, as the Reds convene for a series of training camps ahead of the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. 

The Oman Football Association announced dates for two training camps, the first of which will be held in Muscat on March 8 to 11, before moving base to Dubai on March 11 to 26.

The two friendlies will be held in Dubai and will mark Oman's first international outing since 2019, with Branko Ivankovic's charges going up against Jordan on March 20, with India scheduled five days later.

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The West Asians were expected to resume their Group E campaign in the Asian Qualifiers next month but the matches were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oman are currently second in Group E, four points behind reigning Asian champions Qatar who are on 16.

Ivankovic's side will face Afghanistan, Qatar and Bangladesh in their final three matches of the Asian Qualifiers.

Oman last Asian Qualifiers ties were against India in 2019, with the Reds securing back-to-back triumphs against the Blue Tigers, recording a 2-1 win in September, before beating them again 1-0 in November.

Photo: AFP

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