Muscat: Coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro called up 23 players for Oman national football team’s external training camp in Japan.
The Sultanate delegation, led by Oman Football Association (OFA) first vice-chairman Mohsin bin Hamad Al Masroori, will leave for Japan on Monday.
The team will also be accompanied by team manager Maqbool Al Balushi and assistant manager Badr Al Maimani.
During the camp, which lasts till November 12, Oman team will play an international friendly match against Japan national team on November 11.
Star goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who plays for English Championship side Reading FC, has opted out of the camp.
The other players who will not be travelling with the team are Ahmed Faraj, Fahd Al Jalboobi, Omar Al Fazari, Abdulrahman Al Ghassani, Ahmed Salim, Hisham Al Shuaibi, Mohammed Al Mashari, Eid Al Farsi, Khalid Al Yaqoobi, Mohammed Al Habsi, Mohammed Ramadan and Omar Al Malki.
The 23 players selected for the camp are Faiz Al Rashidi, Mohsin Al Khalidi (Al Nasr), Riyadh Al Alawi, Nadr Basheer, Abdulsalam Al Mukhaini, Raeed Ibrahim Saleh, Ali Al Nahar, Qasim Said, Said Al Ruzaiqi, Ali Al Busaidi (Dhofar), Ibrahim Al Mukhaini, Saud Al Farsi (Al Arouba), Mohammed Al Baulshi, Hareb Al Saadi, Yasin Al Shiyadi, Mahmoud Al Mushaifri (Al Suwaiq), Aiman Dhahi (Oman), Abdulaziz Al Maqbali, Salah Al Yahyaei (Fanja), Said Al Abdulsalam (Al Khabourah), Jamil Al Yahmadi (Al Shabab), Ahmed Mubarak (Al Markhiya of Qatar) and Mohammed Faraj Al Rawahi (Girona B of Primera Catalana, Spain).
After their camp in Japan, Oman team will travel to Myanmar to play another friendly match against Myanmar national team on November 14.
Oman are currently preparing for the qualifying matches of the 2019 Asian Cup and the 2017 Gulf Cup.
OFA seeks AFC clarification
Meanwhile, the OFA has sought a clarification from the AFC following the Asian body’s decision to penalise the North Korean U-16 team, their coach Yun Jong Su and goalkeeper Jang Paek Ho.
The team were found to be guilty of deliberately conceding a goal in their Asian U-16 Championship group match against Uzbekistan in an attempt to avoid playing Iraq in the quarterfinals.
The North Koreans went on to beat Oman via penalties in the last eight stage.
The AFC has slapped both the coach and the player with penalty and banned them from playing in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
But the team has only been given a one-year suspended ban, which means the squad can take part in the World Cup.
The OFA has asked the AFC about the possibility of Oman replacing North Korea in the U-17 World Cup.