Suwaiq wins HM’s Cup

Al Suwaiq players, along with club officials, celebrate the His Majesty’s Cup victory at the Sohar Sports Complex on Sunday (V K Shafeer/Muscat Daily)

Four days after winning the domestic league, Al Suwaiq carried its good form into the His Majesty's Cup Football Championship final on Sunday night, winning the 41st edition with a 2-0 triumph against Al Nahda at the Sohar Sports Complex.

Suwaiq's victory in the final before a highly vocal crowd of 18,000 came after crucial strikes in the second half from forwards Mohammed al Ghassani (51st minute) and Hassan Rabee’a (71st minute).

After the first half ended tamely, Ghassani broke the deadlock in the second session with an impressive solo effort.

Soon after, Rabee’a took the contest beyond Nahda when he capitalised on a pass from midfielder Fahd al Jalboobi from the right.

Coach Mussabah al Saadi's boys, who have now won the tournament twice, have also bagged a double delight this year, having won the Omantel Elite League and the HM's Cup in the same season.

Saif al Jabri, chairman of Suwaiq Club, said, “The last five years have been amazing - we won three league titles and two HM’s Cup trophies.”

H E Ali al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce & Industry, was the chief guest at the final and handed over the trophy to Suwaiq captain Yousuf al Saadi in the presence of H E Saad al Saadi, Minister of Sports Affairs, Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, Oman Football Association chairman, and other sports officials.

Suwaiq captain Saadi said, “It was not an easy game for us and we were certainly not good in the first half. But in the end, it is a huge victory. Two titles in one week - it does feel good.”

H H Sayyid Fatik al Said, Suwaiq Club’s patron, said, “I am happy that the team reached this level, winning the domestic league as well as the HM’s Cup. This a big moment for all of us."

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