Airmarine Cup 2019: Oman is champion

March 24, 2019

Oman captain Ahmed Mubarak ‘Kanu’ (centre) and his teammates lift the Airmarine Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday

Dutchman Erwin Koeman's tenure as Oman head coach got off to a flying start as he led the Red Warriors to the title in the four-nation Airmarine Cup 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.

In the summit clash, Koeman's men edged past Singapore 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

Abdulaziz al Miqbali’s header put Oman ahead in the 22nd minute but a stoppage-time goal by Singapore’s Zulfahmi Arifin forced the match to go into a shootout.

Earlier on Wednesday, Koeman's reign began with his team routing Afghanistan 5-0 to enter the final.

In the third place playoff, Malaysia beat Afghanistan 2-1.

This was Oman's first tournament after its exit in the round-of-16 at the Asian Cup in January under Pim Verbeek, who quit as coach soon after the Asian Cup.