(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Eight-time winner Fanja made up for a slow start in the Omantel Professional League (OPL) with a resounding win in its second game on Saturday, hammering Al Ittihad 4-2 in a six-goal thriller with all goals coming in the first hour of play at the Seeb Sports Stadium.
In a late game at the same venue, Saham shocked domestic champion Suwaiq 2-1 riding a brace from Mohsin al Khaldi.
Earlier, Mubarak al Miqbali struck a brace and Abdurrehman Sameer and Raeed Ibrahim scored once each for Fanja, while Naif Saeed and Kamara reduced the margin for Ittihad.
Fanja opened the scoring early into the match. Sameer made a long run from the midfield to get the ball past the Ittihad defence in the 12th minute.
Fanja then made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute when Mubarak, brother of fellow Fanja and national team player Abdulaziz al Miqbali, deftly tapped the ball into the net from the left side.
Reeling under Fanja's double attack, Ittihad thought it had reduced the margin when Kamara, its foreign recruit, found the target in the 33rd minute, only to be adjudged off-side.
There was finally some relief in the Ittihad camp when Saeed capitalised on a pass from Kamara and scored to reduce Fanja's advantage just minutes before the half-time whistle.
Fanja came back strongly in the second half. In the 49th minute, Sameer smartly set up an opportunistic Mubarak and latter netted his second strike of the evening to make it 3-1.
Ittihad struck back seven minutes later when Kamara curled the ball in after latching on to a pass from Niyaneem. The 3-2 scoreline lasted just three minutes though, as Ibrahim came to the fore for Fanja to make it 4-2.
Fanja's coach Hicham Jadrane said after the win, ''The game wasn't easy, but our boys played like they wanted to win. We can finally say that we have now entered the competition.''
Al Ittihad's coach Fauzi Humaisi said, ''We have a problem with our midfield and defence, and we need to work on it.''
In the other game, Saham scored in the 41st minute when Nasser Suleiman al Ali set up Khalidi. Suwaiq equalised in the 56th minute when Mohammed Salih Gazzali found the target. Saham again scored in the 66th minute after Khalidi curled in a stunner from a free-kick.
Earlier, on Friday, Sur's match against Majees at the Sur Sports Complex was called off due to a bizarre dispute over jerseys. Both teams took to the field sporting similar blue jerseys. The match referee then had to abandon the game when neither team changed to another jersey.
Sheikh Shabib al Hosni, the OPL's chief executive, said, ''The matter will be presented to the disciplinary committee and they will decide on Sunday on what action needs to be taken.''
Other results: Friday: Sohar 2 Al Shabab 1, Dhofar 2 Al Nasr 0; Thursday: Seeb 2 Al Nahda 1, Al Musannah 1 Al Arouba 0