One hundred young footballers from the Governorate of Dhofar, in southern Oman, got the chance to support their national team at this week’s Oman-Egypt match, thanks to Oman Air. The match which was watched and cheered by many ended in a draw. The score was 1-1.
The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman had invited the youth football league players to attend Wednesday’s friendly international as guests of Oman Air at the A’saada Sports Complex in Salalah. There they did not only cheer on their national side, but also represented the future of Omani football and enjoyed the airline’s trademark hospitality.
In addition, Oman Air selected the Man of the Match, Mr Mohammed Al Balushi of Oman National Team, who was presented with a ticket to travel on Oman Air’s award-winning business class service to any destination of their choice within the airline’s network.
Oman Air’s invitation to the young football players continues its commitment to supporting young people in Oman to achieve their full potential and reflects the airline’s role as the key partner for the Oman national team and official carrier of the Oman Football Association.
Wayne Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air said:
“We at Oman Air are delighted to be the main key partner and official carrier for the Oman Football Association and the national team and we are delighted to recognise the great strides the team has accomplished in recent years. At Oman Air, we are committed to encouraging the development of Oman’s pool of local talent in the field of sports, and continuing with our contribution through our close collaboration with Oman Football Association. Oman Air has also given away some exciting prizes at the game to make it a memorable match for all football fans.”
Hazzaa Salim Al Saadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Oman Football Association, said:
“We are proud to be working together with Oman Air to enhance our football fans’ and our young players’ experiences of the game. We wanted this friendly match to have a true Omani look and feel and it did, and it is fans that brought it to life. We continue to urge every fan to get behind our team and offer them their much-needed support for the upcoming matches.”
Fans of the Oman national team can support their team by taking part in the “Support the Shirt Pledge” campaign. Participation in this campaign is free and it is a fantastic way for fans to show their solidarity with the team. Fans are already showing their support, as the Oman national team prepares for qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Jordan in October.
Oman Air also gave fans the chance to win economy class return tickets to any of Oman Air’s 41 destinations. Air tickets were won by fans who bought the national team jersey in Salalah and by fans who attended the match.
Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Shikely, Oman Air’s General Manager Marketing added:
“Oman Air is delighted to be promoting the achievements of the Omani national side, supporting young people in the development of their footballing potential and giving fans the opportunity to experience Oman Air’s award-winning products and services.
“The young players who attended Wednesday’s match as guests of Oman Air had a rare chance to see international football played on home turf and we look forward to watching the development of their sporting prowess over the coming months and years.”