The Harambee Stars midfielder reveals to Goal that he has quit former club Al Nasr to join their City rivals in Salalah after agreeing to pen a one year dealEXCLUSIVE
By Dennis Mabuka
Harambee Stars stylish midfielder Jamal Mohammed has switched clubs in Oman after quitting Al Nasr to sign for City rivals Al-Suwaiq Dhofar.
Mohammed, who was part of Kenya squad that edged out Namibia 1-0 in the last match of the 2014 World Cup qualifier played at Kasarani, as exclusively revealed to Goal that he has signed a one year deal with Dhofar.
“I have signed a one year contract with Dhofar. The deal was sealed on Monday and I am now looking forward to helping the club register positive results in Omani league,” said Mohammed nicknamed ‘Malo’.
Mohammed previously played for Hapoel Nazareth Illit F.C., Liberty Professionals F.C. and Mathare United before moving to Europe then to Asia.
According to wikipedia, Dhofar is the most successful club in Omani League, with a total of nine titles and seven Sultan Qaboos Cups to its name. Dhofar also reached the final of the 1995-1996 Gulf Club Champions Cup, only losing to Saudi giants, Al-Nassr.
The club has never been relegated to second division, along with counterparts Al-Nasr S.C. (former club of Mohammed), whom they have a long lasting rivalry with. Although being relatively younger in foundation than many other Arab clubs, which generally were founded in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Dhofar have been ranked as the 30th most successful club title-wise in the Arab World with a total of 19 titles.
Dhofar, along with Al-Nasr have been generally labelled as the front runners of the Omani League, but as seen in the '08, '09 season, both clubs performed horribly with Dhofar losing many games, and not going far in the Sultan Qaboos Cup, along with Al-Nasr even fighting a relegation battle.
Dhofar's home venue is Al-Saada Stadium (a 12,000 seater based in the city of Salalah), but they also recognize the older Salalah Sports Complex as their home ground. Both stadia are government owned, but Dhofar also possess their personal stadium and sports equipment, as well as their own training facilities in the heart of Salalah on Al-Salaam Street.