Oman arrive in Singapore a week ahead of qualifier

With a scheduled friendly against Libya called off, the Red Warriors have decided to come in early to prepare for their AFC Asian Cup clash

Oman have landed in Singapore a week ahead of their AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore on August 14 after their scheduled friendly against Libya on August 5 was called off over the weekend. 

In a press statement, the Oman Football Association said that the Libya Football Federation had informed them of the cancellation due to travel constraints last Friday.

"Our national team's scheduled friendly game against Libya at the Al Saada Sports Complex in Salalah on 5 August has been cancelled,” the Times of Oman reported.

"We received a letter from the Libyan Football Federation on Friday, which stated that some of their national team players' passports have expired and so they can't travel with the team.

“It forced Libya's national coach to call off the trip." 

The Red Warriors had previously announced a 26-man squad for their friendly against Libya, including the injured trio of Wigan goalkeeper and Oman captain Ali Al-Habsi, vice-captain Ahmed Mubarak and main targetman Ahmed Hosni.

But it is highly unlikely the trio will be on board the flight alongside coach Paul Le Guen and their teammates, who will be flying into Singapore on August 6. They will be making use of the whole week to prepare for the crucial clash against Bernd Stange’s charges. 

Singapore have also named their 23-men list for the qualifiers and begun preparatory training on August 3. Centralised training will be held on August 10, four days before their crucial clash against Oman at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Oman started the qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Syria courtesy of a Abdulaziz Muqbali goal, while Singapore succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Jordan in Aman.