Muscat: In celebration of Oman’s 48th National Day, fans of the Majees Football Club displayed a large tifo — a painting of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said — during their team’s quarterfinal match in the HM Cub, on November 6.
Majees Football Club was playing against Al-Orouba at the Sohar Sports Complex.
At the 18th minute of the match, marking 18 November — Oman’s National Day — Majees fans displayed the tifo that also read, “Qaboos Bin Said, you will always be a pride for Oman.”
The tifo was nearly 18 metres wide and 25 metres long. The image was created using 300 spray paint cans on a large piece of cloth that was stitched together. It also contained the logos of Majees Football Club and Kayan Training Services, a Muscat-based company that sponsored the tifo.
Fans chanted Oman’s national anthem while lifting the tifo, they also wavesdOmani flags, and released a number of balloons.
According to Said Hamdan Al Khanbashi, the 26-year-old graffiti artist who created the artwork, the tifo cost the team around OMR 150 and required around two weeks of constant work. Around 15 people helped Al Khanbashi in spray-painting parts of the tifo.
This tifo is Majees Club fans’ third piece, during this year’s Omantel Football League. One of the previous tifo’s had the image of the Joker from the Batman series.
The fans presented their first tifo in April during their club’s match against Rustaq in the First Division League. That tifo depicted a man in black clothes, wearing a light blue cap, looking through a binoculars. It read, ‘We do not see anything but the Championship.”
Tifos are artworks, banners or choreography displayed by fans at matches, to show their support.