Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi formally took over the reins of the Oman Football Association (OFA) on Thursday after the conclusion of the board elections for the 2016-2020 term at the OFA's general assembly at a Muscat hotel.
Wahaibi, who was the lone contestant for the chairman's post, formally succeeded Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy as representatives from all 44 clubs in the OFA's ambit took part in the voting process.
Mohsin al Masroori, the Jalan Club chief, and Jasim al Shukaili, a representative of Al Suwaiq Club, were elected as the new vice-chairmen in a four-way contest.
In the battle for nine posts as members among 28 contenders, Humeid al Jabri and Mohammed al Shehi retained their posts, while the remaining seven had a former board member, Ahmed al Farsi, also making a successful return.
The other elected members were Ahmed al Rashdi, Abdulhakim al Alawi, Ibrahim al Alawi, Sultan al Hosni, Said al Ghafri and Hamad al Mamari. Speaking at the general assembly, the new OFA boss Wahaibi expressed hope of leading Oman football to new heights with everyone's support.
“I am optimistic and we will overcome the challenges facing the game in the sultanate,” he said.
AFC president to visit Muscat on Monday
Wahaibi said that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief, Sheikh Salman al Khalifa, will arrive in Muscat on Monday to hold a meeting with the OFA's board members.
The AFC president will also address mediapersons. The new OFA chairman also received a congratulatory message from Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president.
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