(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Four year old Moosa Riza was inconsolable. He and his mother Siham had spent all of Monday evening looking for a Brazuca, but none of the stores they visited had one in stock.
Similar is the story with many football fans in Muscat: extreme disappointment “ regardless of age “ on not being able to lay their hands on this year's official World Cup ball by Adidas. The craze to possess a Brazuca has picked up ever since the tournament has entered its more interesting stages. The balls have been literally flying off the shelves and stores are going out of stock. For fans, it's a memento, a remembrance of 'being there' and feeling the game, if not from a stadium in Brazil. ''I have been looking for a Brazuca for my husband and Moosa, both avid football fans. None of the stores we went to had one,'' said Siham.
A top official at Supa Sportsman, an authorised retailer for Adidas Oman confirmed to Muscat Daily that it was facing a shortage of Brazucas looking at an unprecedented rise in demand. ''We expect more stocks to arrive next week. The official ball is priced at RO62.8. It's a hot favourite. If we were to compare sales with the previous World Cup, we would say there has been a 200 per cent rise this time.''
There are other Brazuca grades “ also by Adidas. ''These are priced at RO9.5, RO,13.5 and RO22.5 as per their grades. These are what customers mostly ask for.''
The store supervisor of Sun and Sand Sports at Muscat City Centre said, ''We have only the official match football priced at RO62.3, and we have stocks. We do not sell replicas or second grade balls. Yesterday (Monday), a customer picked up five of them. Most of the clients are Omanis.''
Shahzad Chandio, who is also on a Brazuca hunt said, ''I am not a diehard football fan, but I want a Brazuca as a memento. I really like the way it has been designed. I began looking for it last weekend. All stores are out of stock and even the fakes are being sold at hi