Sep
04
2008
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Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is now also on a drive to promote women’s football and intends to play its first international match this year. Bausher Club, which was set up in 2005, has been joined by two new clubs, Majan Club and Oman Club, and the aim now is to get regular football underway. A coach has already been found: Haroon Amur Al-Bartamani is an instructor for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and goalkeeping coach for the men’s team. He accompanied the young women of Oman’s futsal team on their trip to Jordan eight months ago. The previous year, this team gained valuable experience of playing abroad in two outdoor tournaments in Abu Dhabi. Oman is also developing its women’s game in terms of administration. The national football association has set up a women’s committee led by the youthful Buthaima Faisal, whose younger sister Fatima Faisal Al-Raisi plays for Bausher in Muscat. The committee is aimed at developing and promoting women’s football in the Sultanate. The plans even include a dedicated administrative building for women’s football to be situated on the association’s grounds.