Omantel League: Dhofar extends lead at the top

Dhofar players celebrate after a goal against Saham in Salalah on Friday

Record ten-time winners Dhofar's march towards another Omantel League title seems to be on the right path as the Salalah giant trounced Saham 7-2 at the Salalah Youth Complex on Friday.

The victory was one of the largest margins in the domestic league in recent times and the goal-fest was enjoyed by the club captain Ali al Busaidy along with Odai Khader and Qasim Said, all three striking a brace each while Salah al Yahyai also had his name on the scorers' sheet to complete the rout. For Saham, both the goals were scored by Mohammed al Ghassani.

The victory stretches Dhofar's unbeaten run to 14 games and the team has won a staggering 12 of them. Since October's draw against Al Nahda, Dhofar has been on roll, winning all the six matches and has now gone nine points clear at the top.

Al Nahda is a distant second with 29 after its latest win on Thursday when it edged past His Majesty's Cup semifinalist Sur 1-0 at home. The scorer being Mansoor al Nuaimi off a penalty kick.

Mirbat's 2-1 win over Muscat in an away game at the Seeb Sports Stadium helped it stay ahead of its opponent in the standings at third place with 24 followed by Muscat (23). Al Nasr has a chance to climb to third if it overcomes Al Rustaq in the 14th round action on Sunday. 

Also on Thursday, Al Shabab managed to get past defending champion Al Suwaiq 2-1 but remained in relegation zone at 12th spot with 12 points.

Majees, despite a 1-0 win over Sohar, on Friday was rooted at the bottom of standings while Al Arouba was held to a goalless draw by Oman at home in Sur.

Standings: 1 Dhofar (38 points), 2 Al Nahda (29), 3 Mirbat (24), 4 Muscat (23), 5 Al Nasr (22), 6 Al Arouba (20), 7 Sohar (20), 8 Saham (17), 9 Al Suwaiq (15), 10 Al Rustaq (14), 11 Sur (13), 12 Al Shabab (12), 13 Oman (11), 14 Majees (11).

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