Preview - Oman vs Maldives
Maldives starting eleven in the friendly game against Qatar league champions Al Duhail (Photo: Ibrahim Faid)

Preview - Oman vs Maldives

Shimaaz Ali 04 September 2017 - 12:13

Muscat, OMAN - Maldives will face Oman in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier tomorrow. Maldives lost their friendly game against Qatar league champions Al Duhail by 1-0 in preparation for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Oman.


AFC Asian Cup Qualifier

Venue: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex

Capacity: 34,000 spectators

Kick-off: 20:15 Hours (Maldives time)


“This will be a vital game and I really honestly believe that we can get something out of the game,” said Maldives coach Darren Stewart. "I know probably it’s the toughest place to go in the group and probably for anyone, including teams like Japan or Australia, it’s tough to go there and get anything, so we are not underestimating them.”
Stewart has included Ali Ashfaq in the squad to replace Asadhulla Abdulla, who has suffered a knee injury in Ooredoo Dhivehi Premier League.
“I am very confident and very happy with the squad that I have got and extremely confident that we can bring something out of this to make everyone proud,” added Stewart.
“I believe that we have got enough fitness and enough will and desire to get a result.”

Maldives is heading into this game after a 1-0 loss against Qatar league champions Al Duhail last week in a friendly played at Doha, Qatar. Maldives lost their opening game in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Palestine by 3-0 at the National Stadium, Male.However, they managed to bag their first win in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying against Bhutan with a 2-0 result.

Oman had recently returned from Austria where it had a successful two-week training camp and won a warm-up match against Afghanistan by 2-0 last week.

Oman is currently second in the group with three points after a 2-1 loss to Palestine in June. Verbeek's men are considered to be the favourites to top the group and will look to keep their strong unbeaten record at home intact when they take on Maldives, which also has three points.


Maldives and Oman met eight times in the past in different tournaments and friendly games so far with a 100% winning record against the Maldives Oman is the favorite team when they face tomorrow at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Maldives managed to score against Oman in just two occasions and which was back in 2004.

Their recent meeting was at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in 2007 and the match was won by Oman with a 1-0 result.


25 February 2001, Oman 5-0 Maldives (Friendly)

27 February 2001, Oman 2-0 Maldives (Friendly)

3 October 2002, Oman 5-0 Maldives (Asian Games)

31 May 2004,  Oman 3-0 Maldives (Friendly)

3 June 2004, Oman 4-1 Maldives (Friendly)

31 August 2004, Maldives 0-1 Oman (Friendly)

3 September 2004, Maldives 1-2 Oman (Friendly)

2 October 2007, Oman 1-0 Maldives (Friendly)


Oman is having a 100% winning record against Maldives during the past.


Mohamed Faisal (GK), Ahmed Shafiu, Amdhan Ali, Ahmed Abdulla, Mohamed Rasheed, Mohamed Umair, Akram Abdul Ghani, Ashad Ali, Ali Fasir, Ali Ashfaq, Ahmed Zaad.

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