Fans of the Omani football team were taken by surprise by Head Coach Pim Verbeek’s resignation from the team and subsequent retirement announcement, late on Wednesday [February 6].
In a tweet, the 62-year-old Dutchman said: “When Sheikh Salem al Wahaibi (chairman of the Oman Football Association [OFA]) invited me to Oman to manage the new team two years ago, I realised that I was in front of a new challenge that would require my focus and experience.
“As a coach, this enticed me, so I accepted this task and worked on it with great passion – and I received great assistance from a cooperative team, staff, and players.
Pim took over as the Head Coach of the Sultanate’s senior football squad in 2016, and notably steered the team to victory in the 2018 Gulf Cup in Kuwait and bringing to the limelight a wave of young Omani players.
“My team and I lived wonderful days in Oman and we felt emotional when we achieved the Gulf Cup in 2018. Also, our time in the AFC Asian Cup will always be in my memory.
“All this makes my resignation very difficult – but as a coach I am used to taking difficult decisions.
“I’ve been working in coaching teams for 20 years during which I achieved a lot. After all that I did in the last two years in Oman, I feel it is the right time for me to finish my career as a coach and head back home.
“I would like to thank the wonderful fans of Oman who made these years and tournaments in Oman unforgettable,” he added.
Pim’s coaching career spans over 38 years, during which he has handled over 20 teams as assistant and head coach.