Talented youth footballers recognised in Oman

13 Apr 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The Talent Hunt kicked off in March, with the judges travelling around the country to handpick the finalists.



The third edition of the Koooora Wa Bas Talent Hunt came to a thrilling close last Friday (April 7), when 60 talented youth footballers gathered at The Sultan School in Muscat for the final play-off. At stake was RO3,500 in cash prizes for the top three winners. But with a total of 1,000 children between the ages of 10 and 16 competing around the Sultanate to reach the final, the rivalry was fierce on the pitch and the stakes were high.

Presented by Omantel and powered by Mitsubishi Motors Oman and Areej Vegetable Oils and Derivatives, footballers from as far afield as Sohar, Rustaq, Izki, Sur and Al Mudhaibi entered the Talent Hunt, hoping to impress the judges enough to make it to the capital for the finals and award ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Muscat hotel.

The Talent Hunt kicked off in March, with the judges travelling around the country to handpick the finalists.

But in the end, there could be only three winners.

The RO2,000 first prize was awarded to 12-year-old Mahmood Mohamed al Siyabi, from Rustaq, who picked up the top award for the second year running.

“I am very proud of him,” said Mohamed al Siyabi, Mahmood’s father. “Since he started playing football at the age of six, he has shown me and others his talents.

“I’d like to thank all the sponsors for supporting such a competition and I can’t describe the feelings among the first and second winning.

“This will give him a huge support to carry on – and me as well.”

Muscat’s Nibras Salem al Busaidi, 13, won second prize and RO1,000, while Mohamed Khaled al Qasmi, also 13 and from Muscat, was awarded third prize and picked up RO500 for his impressive efforts.

Congratulations to all the competitors!


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