Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi to contest for Oman Football Association presidency

Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi to contest for Oman Football Association presidency
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Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi, a former Oman Football Association (OFA) vice-chairman, announced on Monday that he will contest for the post of president at the next OFA election scheduled in September for the 2016-2020 term.

Wahaibi, a long-serving sports administrator, is the first to officially announce his candidacy for the top job and may lock horns with the incumbent OFA chief, Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, if the latter decides to seek another term.

Wahaibi was part of the OFA's board when Sayyid Khalid became the first elected OFA chairman on August 31, 2007. However, Wahaibi, who served as the national teams' committee chief during his tenure with the board, is believed to have fallen out with Sayyid Khalid in early 2011, leading him to resign from the committee.

During his term, Wahaibi was also the chief of the national competitions' committee, vice-chairman of the finance committee and a member of the 2009 Gulf Cup organising panel. Oman had won its maiden Gulf Cup in Muscat in January, 2009.

Wahaibi had also earlier been a member of the OFA's board twice (1994-1997, 2002-2004) and chairman of Muscat Club from 1990-1999. He stayed away from the 2012-2016 election when Sayyid Khalid was elected unopposed.

In a statement released on Monday, Wahaibi said, “I am honoured and pleased to present myself as a presidential candidate for the OFA in the next election, which will be held in September.

“I'm excited to offer my work experience to improve the OFA and adequately plan for future challenges. Working together, we can build our association significantly and bring more achievements by developing the domestic competitions in the sultanate.”

An honorary chairman of Muscat Club since 2000, the 52 year old is the vice-chairman of Assarain Group of Companies and is on the board of several companies and hails from a leading business family in Oman. Wahaibi has also served as a member of the Majlis A’Shura and the State Council.

He said, “I stand ready to serve with my utmost energy, commitment and passion to build a better future for youth and lead the OFA to greater heights.” Wahaibi said, “I would like to invite the chairpersons of all the clubs in Oman and various stakeholders, including the media, to work to together to serve Omani youth and football.”

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