Al Nahda to face Fanja in Super Cup on Friday

A file photo of the 2014 HM’s Cup final between Al Nahda and Fanja in May (Muscat Daily)

The 2014-2015 domestic football season will kick off with the Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser, set to be played on Friday.

The match will witness Al Nahda, the winner of the inaugural Omantel Professional League (OPL), take on Fanja, the His Majesty's Cup champion. This year's Super Cup will kick off at 7pm at the Sohar Sports Complex, according to the Oman Football Association (OFA).

The match will also be an encore of the HM's Cup final in May when Fanja defeated Al Nahda 2-0 to lift a record ninth title. On Friday, Fanja will hope to erase memories of its defeat during last year's Super Cup, when it lost 1-2 to Suwaiq.

The Super Cup was first played in 1999, but hasn't been played every year since its inception. This would be the 12th edition of the season's curtain-raiser. Meanwhile, the second edition of the OPL, featuring 14 teams, will begin on September 11.

With the national team involved in two major international competitions - the Gulf Cup in November and the Asian Cup in January - the OPL will have three breaks in October, November and January.

The OPL will conclude on May 23. Besides the OPL, the other two competitions that will be held during the season are the OPL Cup and the HM's Cup. The preliminary round of the HM's Cup will begin in October.

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