Double delight for Seeb as captain Farsi named AFC Cup Most Valuable Player

Oman Saturday 22/October/2022 22:09 PM
By: Times News Service
Double delight for Seeb as captain Farsi named AFC Cup Most Valuable Player

Muscat: It was double delight for Seeb Club soon after writing a historic chapter by becoming the first Omani club to claim the AFC Cup title on Saturday.

Seeb’s experienced midfielder Eid al Farsi was adjudged the 2022 AFC Cup edition Most Valuable Player (MVP), an honour that the club captain deservedly won.

Cheered by His Highness Sayyid Melek bin Shihab al Said, his teammates and a sizeable number of fans at Bukit Jalil Stadium in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, he received the award from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salmanbin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

Farsi later went on the dais again to collect the AFC Cup along with Seeb Club vice-president Yousuf al Wahaibi.

At the 2022 AFC Cup, the 35-year-old skipper played a crucial role in Seeb’s title-winning campaign. The Oman international was the man responsible for ensuring Seeb a superb start to their AFC Cup debut, scoring the only goal of the match to beat Jableh of Syria, before finding the back of the net against Lebanon’s Al Ansar to ensure a top spot finish in Group A.

Farsi, who made his first AFC Cup appearance in 2009 with Al Orouba, was an integral part of Seeb’s attacks, as he recorded the most passes in the opposition half with an 80 percent success rate.

The only other occasion for an Omani footballer to claim an individual honour on the continental or global stage was in 1995 when Mohamed al Kathiri was named the Player of the Tournament, the first time that an Asian player had been adjudged at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador.

At the tournament, Kathiri received the Golden Ball for being the player of the tournament and was also the joint top-scorer with Australia’s Daniel Allsop (five goals).