Oman eyes Brazil deal to improve football set-up

Oman officials mull plans to sign agreement with football nation to professionalise sport in Gulf state
Oman eyes Brazil deal to improve football set-up
The government of Oman is mulling plans to sign a deal with Brazil to help professionalise football in the Gulf state. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 10 Jul 2011 05:51 PM

The government of Oman is mulling plans to sign a deal with Brazil to help professionalise football in the Gulf state.

The sultanate has chosen the teams of Sao Paulo and the Sao Paulo State Football Federation (FPF) to help attract more players, sponsors and to promote more championships, the Arab Brazil News Agency reported.

It said that no contract has been signed yet, but Omar Alawi, a representative of the government of Oman, was confident an official partnership would be estabished.

“We have a verbal agreement, but I do not know how long it will take. I believe that we will soon sign one,” said Alawi in comments published by ABNA.

Last week, Alawi met with FPF president Marco Polo Del Nero and visited the Sao Paulo training ground with the view to developing links with professional clubs in Brazil including Sao Paulo and Corinthians.

According to Alawi, the plan would involve taking Brazilian professionals to help teams in Oman and to train players, prepare practice sessions and advise on club structure.

In turn, Alawi discussed partnerships with Brazilian clubs to organise football tournaments in Oman, ABNA added.

“We discussed partnerships with the FPF to bring talks in the refereeing sector and to help organise our championships,” Alawi said.

The Omani football federation’s budget is $50 million a year and these partnerships would be covered within those funds, ABNA reported.

Alawi will present the partnership proposals to the Foreign Minister Yousef Alawi Abdulah Al Ibrahim.

If the budget is approved, the government will draw up the contracts and send them to the Brazilians.

“I make a point of returning to Brazil to sign the contracts. To me it will be like the birth of a son,” said Alawi.

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