Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi set to become OFA chief

Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi

Former Oman Football Association (OFA) vice-chairman Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi will be formally elected as the new OFA chairman on September 29 after the last date of filing nominations for the OFA elections on Sunday saw no other presidential candidate join the fray. 

As reported by Muscat Daily on August 10, there were few chances for a new candidate to join the race for the coveted post.

However, it has been learnt that there were last-minute attempts to convince a couple of candidates to take on Wahaibi, but they failed and the 3pm deadline to file nominations closed without any candidate offering to oppose Wahaibi.

The OFA elections for the 2016-20 term will be held on September 29.

Wahaibi had filed his nomination papers at the OFA headquarters on August 9 and later said that 'the top priority for him, once elected, will be to try and bring back glory for the national team'.

Wahaibi had officially announced his intention to contest three months back. It has been a hectic schedule over the past few months as the 52 year old has travelled across the sultanate and visited 42 of the 44 clubs so far during his campaign.

Wahaibi had earlier been a member of the OFA's board twice (1994-97 and 2002-04) and the Muscat Club chief from 1990-99.

An honorary chairman of Muscat Club since 2000, he is the vice-chairman of Assarain Group of Companies and is on the board of several companies and hails from a reputed business family in Oman.

Wahaibi has also served as a member of Majlis A’Shura and the State Council.

Five in fray for two vice-chairman posts

The OFA officials told Muscat Daily that after the closing of nominations on Sunday, 'Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi was the only contestant in the fray for the post of the OFA president' while there were five in reckoning for the two posts of vice-chairman.

The five are Mohsin al Masroori, Jassim al Shukaili, Sheikh Ali Said Ali Fadhil, Muammar al Marhoon and Issa al Sunaidee. Also, the last day of nominations witnessed a splurge in the filing of papers with nine more submitting the papers for the nine posts of the OFA members.

A total of 28 members will contest for becoming members for a four-year term. Among the 28 are two current board members - Humeid al Jabri and Mohammed al Shuhi.

The candidates in fray are Saif al Ghafri, Qutaibah al Ghailani, Nasser al Balushi, Sultan al Hosni, Ibrahim al Alawi, Nasr al Wahaibi, Ahmed al Rashidi, Hamed al Mamari, Humeid al Jabri, Mohammed al Shuhi, Nasser Hamdan al Riyami, Ahmed al Farsi, Mohammed al Qasmi, Suleiman al Habsi, Rabeea Auladthani, Abdulhakim al Omairi, Abdullah al Mardi, Malik al Shehi, Waleed al Maskari, Said al Hashmi, Anees al Nahri, Younus al Hajri, Ziyad al Balushi, Jaber al Mukhaini, Said al Qasmi, Ahmed al Salmani, Salim al Rubaie, Abdulhakim al Shanfari.

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