India are all set to lock horns with Oman in the opening match of 2022 FIFA World cup qualifiers(Round 2) today. Here we will talk about five players of Oman who can give the ‘Blue Tigers’ a tough time in Guwahati.
• Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri
Ahmed Mubarak would be the one of the most senior and the most capped player of the Omani national team tonight. The 34 year old has 170 International caps to his name. Throughout his career he has plied trade in top Arabs league. He has theability to dictate tempo in the midfield and has also won the most valuable player award of the 2017 Gulf Cup for his role in the success of the Al-Ahmar side.
• Khalid Al-Hajri :
With an eye on goals, Khalid made a dream debut in Asian cup qualifier against Bhutan.
Scoring 4 goals as a second half substitute and playing crucial role in taking Oman to UAE. A striker who can pounce on even a minimal mistake of defenders, Khalid’s willingness to fulfill such a role about work ethic and attitude will play an important role against blue tigers’ defense.
• Faiz Issa Khadoom Al-Rushaidi :
Ali Al-Habsi maybe a household name in Omani circuit but Faiz has established himself as the first choice keeper between the sticks. Playing pivotal role in saving two penalties in the Gulf championship final, he has also played four games in the Asian Cup. Faiz Issa Khadoom Al-Rushaidi has already established himself as one of best goalkeepers in the Omani elite league and he would look to have another good outing against Chhetri and Co. in the hostile environment of Guwahati.
A veteran defender with vast experience behind him and sufficient experience behind his back. He have represented Oman in 2 different World Cup qualifiers in past. In a crucial game against hosts India, his primary goal would be to handle the penetrations from the forward line and deny Sunil Chhetri any scoring opportunity.
• Saad Suhail Juma Al-Mukhaini :
Another veteran right back who can play on any side of the pitch and has vast experience at top level in gulf leagues. Thought to have been recommended to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger by fellow Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who was at the Oman national team boss in past, Al Mukhaini can be a tricky customer to deal with. With a crucial role to play he would look to limit Udanta and Lalliazuala from the flanks and help attackers with his crosses.