Oman won the gulf cup and the Sultan ordered a national holiday. What a day!
To the young people out there and the expats who have only been in Oman a few years it might seam ridiculous to get a national holiday for winning a football tournament, but you have to go back and look at Oman's football beginnings back in the 70's. We were the team that always ends in last place. Other countries used to go into the Gulf Cup with the "at least we'll beat Oman" attitude. We used to get creamed as much as 8 - 0. Until Gulf Cup 17 in 2004 Oman hadn't even achieved a podium finish. We reached the final in 2004 and proved in 2007 that it wasn't a fluke by doing it again. Oman started Gulf Cup 19 as the favorites. This is no small thing.
We won. It's a new era for Omani football. I hope the government is generous in its rewards for our boys.
* holiday for everyone in Oman except apparently my wife whose workplace isn't part of either the public or private sector.
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