Sunday, June 3, 2012

Football: 'Too hot to play' Oman vs Australia World Cup Qualifier

Oman is scheduled to play Australia next Friday, June 8 in Muscat in a World Cup qualifier match. But, the Australian coach has said it's too hot to play according to soccer news:

'Australia coach Holger Osieck has slammed FIFA for scheduling the Socceroos’ away World Cup qualifier against Oman in the late afternoon, fearing the effects of extreme heat on his players.

FIFA has listed the kick-off for the June 8 qualifier at 5 p.m. local time in Muscat, where temperatures regularly soar above 40C. “We are working on it and I think it’s unacceptable to play that time of the year,” Osieck said.'

The Oman Football Association is getting ready for kick-off. According to the website, they have posted the following information which I have re-posted below in regard to the match and obtaining tickets.

On a different note, Oman faced Japan today in another WC qualifier but suffered a 0-3 loss. For those who track live football scores, I have found this site to be useful:

Update: Game results from Jun 8 | 2012: Final Score 0 - 0, Oman v Australia

Oman Football Association Websites: and
Getting Your Tickets – Australia at Oman
There are six days to go until one of the biggest home matches in Oman football history – Australia at Oman in Fourth Round World Cup qualifying action – and the OFA are looking at specifc aspects of the match-day experience each day as the lead in to the game. We want to make sure that all supporters have as much information about the games as possible.
Today we’ll take a look at how to get your ticket to the big match, both in advance or on the day itself.
Currently tickets are on sale at Shell Stations and Costa Coffee stores across Muscat and Oman – priced at just 2 OMR. By buying early – you will save yourself having to buy on the day of the game – where there are likely to be bigger queues.
ON approaching the stadium from the main road – the two main banks of turnstiles will be in front of you. In the car park between the road and the stadium there will be two ticket hubs – with tickets sales staff available to sell the 2 OMR tickets. The ticket hubs will be branded, and they will surround one of the trees in the car park, so they should be easy to find. Simply approach the seller and buy your ticket.

Omani goalkeeper: Ali Al Habsi

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