Oman football coach Pim Verbeek begins his Asian Cup 2019 mission in Jordan next week when the Red Warriors will hold their first of a series of preparatory camps that will include international friendlies in the run-up to the continental showpiece event.
The 17th edition of the Asian Cup will be held across the UAE from January 5-February 1.
Dutch coach Verbeek called up 26 players on Monday for the first camp in Jordan, which will be held from September 1-12.
During the training camp, Oman will play two friendlies – against Lebanon on September 4 and then against hosts Jordan on September 11. Verbeek had earlier revealed his comprehensive training programme in May and said that the key to Oman's performance at the Asian Cup would be a “good preparations”.
The Dutchman’s plans include as many as five training camps and a number of international friendly matches.
Following the two friendlies in Jordan, the Oman Football Association (OFA) on Monday confirmed two more friendlies. Oman will host Syria (November 16) and then take on India in UAE on December 27.
OFA is yet to announce Oman’s rivals for three more friendlies during a domestic camp in December.
Oman will hold its second camp in Qatar from October 7 to 16 during which it will play two friendlies - against Yemen on October 14 and Ecuador on October 16.
The team will then gather for a camp in Muscat from November 11 to 20, during which it will play two friendlies – against Syria on November 16 and against Kyrgyz Republic on November 19. That will be followed by another camp from December 7 to 22 in Muscat.
Ahead of the Asian Cup, the team will undergo its final training camp in the UAE from December 22.
During the UAE camp, Oman has finalised friendlies against India (December 27), Australia (December 30) and Thailand (January 2, 2019).
At the Asian Cup UAE 2019, Oman is in Group F with Japan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It begins its campaign against Uzbekistan on January 9.
By Ashok Purohit
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