Spirits around the nation were at an all-time high last weekend, when Oman created history on home turf by winning its first ever CISM World Cup football trophy after a tense penalty shoot-out with Qatar. With no goals scored – even after extra-time at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday (January 28) – both teams remained neck-and-neck until the final moments of the shoot-out.
However, Oman was successful in keeping its nerve to eke out four goals – striking the net every time – as opposed to Qatar’s one during the penalty shoot-out, thereby crowning them champions this year.
This year’s CISM World Cup also marked the Sultanate’s second attempt at the trophy after the team fell short by one goal to Iraq at the inaugural edition of the CISM World Football Cup in 2013.
Oman’s sole hiccup during the qualifying rounds was in the semi-finals against Egypt, when both teams remained unseparated at two-goals apiece.
A total of 16 teams took part in the world cup, this year; but Oman remained favourites throughout the tournament, recording one-sided five-goal victories against teams from Mali and Guinea.
The CISM World Football Cup is a part of the Military World Games, which is organised by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), and has been held since 1995. Countries such as Germany, France, Iran and North Korea competed this year. The venues for the matches were Al Seeb Stadium, Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex and Royal Oman Police Stadium.