Oman national team will look for a second ever title when they take on the UAE in the final of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup in Kuwait on Friday. The match kicks off at Jaber International Stadium at 18:30. Oman head coach Pim Verbeek confirmed that his men are fully ready to make the Omani fans happy in the Arabian Gulf Cup final game.
“Everyone is very excited to play the final, it will be a big derby for all the fans. My players will give their best to clinch the title,” the Dutchman said.
“Gulf Cup is like the World Cup for the GCC region, and we are desperate to take the cup back to Oman.
“It will be a tough game because the UAE kept clean sheet for all the four games, For me, they are the best defending team, it will be a challenge to score goals against them but we have to keep clean sheet as well,” Verbeek said.
“Emirates were a bit surprised by our performance in the opener, but I don’t think so there will be any surprise in the final because we both watched all four games and analysed them very well.”
The UAE team manager Alberto Zaccheroni expressed his trust in the UAE’s capabilities to win a third Gulf Cup.
“We are very excited for this game. All the players are in their best morals and we will work to delight the UAE fans,” Italian Zaccheroni said.
“We are confident of being able to win the 23 Arabian Gulf Cup.
“We respect the Oman team because they showed the highest performance level among all teams, and they deserve to be in the final,” he said.
Jaber Al Ajmi