Muscat, September 4 – Oman national team manager Pim Verbeek will look to go all-out with a 4-1-3-2 system as Oman National team host Maldives today in the third game of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying. It kicks off at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex at 19:15 pm today.
The latest training session of the national team in Muscat showed that, Verbeek is leaning towards 4-1-3-2 attacking system with Khalid al Hajri and Mohsen al Ghassani in front followed by Jamil al Yahmadi as right winger, Ali al Busaidy as left winger and Mohsen Jawhar as playmaker.
Verbeek is also expected to start with the same defence line played against Afghanistan in the friendly, Mohammed al Musalami (left back), and Saad Suhail (right back) while Nader Awadh and Manea Subait as centre back.
In the pre-match press conference, Pim Verbeek said: ‘’We have prepared very well for the Maldives encounter.
‘’We have a wider selection despite the Palestine game where we missed some good players.
‘’I am fully satisfied with the outcomes of both Austria and Muscat camps. Afghanistan friendly was also a good test however we need to improve ourselves in converting chances to goals’’ Verbeek continued. Captain Ahmed Kano added: ‘’We are required to win the game and we are ready for it physically, tactically and mentally.’’
‘’Everybody say it is easy for us to qualify but it’s not only about words, it’s about actions. We need to work hard and respect all teams in order to do so.’’ Verbeek concluded. On the other side, Maldives manager, Darren Stewart said that: ‘’Oman have a very strong squad, which is led by a very experienced manager but we came to Oman to achieve a positive score.”
‘’Oman and Palestine are favourites to qualify but we will not give up until the last moment and we hope to qualify… this is what we are seeking.’’ Stewart added. The national team have had two training camps before this game which were good enough for Verbeek to play the game with the best line-ups and performance. Oman play in Group D which consists of Palestine (6 points), Oman (3 points). Maldives (3 points) and Bhutan (0 points).
Jaber Al Ajmi