(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The introduction of the Omantel Professional League (OPL) has brought about a marked change in the standard of football in the country, according to Sheikh Shabib al Hosni, the OPL CEO.
Hosni highlighted the fact that the two top teams in the OPL - Al Nahda and Fanja - are also vying for the prestigious His Majesty's Cup title.
Al Nahda, which was crowned inaugural OPL champion, and Fanja, which secured the runner-up position, beat Dhofar and Bausher clubs, espectively, in the two-leg HM's Cup semifinals.
''I am extremely pleased to see both the top teams of the OPL qualifying for the finals ofthe HM's Cup and I am sure the final will be an exciting and intensely fought match,'' said Hosni. The date of the final is yet to be confirmed though it is likely to be held in the last week of May.
Hosni said, ''We know we have a long way to go but it has been heartening to see the improvement of football among all the 14 clubs; the support received from various sectors has been tremendous and overwhelming and the state of the clubs both in terms of technical infrastructure and commercial infrastructure has visibly improved in the beginning of the professional era and we hope to see this continue for the good of Oman football.''<