Football: Seeb returns to Omantel League
Seeb Club, one of the few clubs in the sultanate to have a strong and loyal fan base, returned to the top-flight Omantel League, after a gap of four years, on Sunday.
The three-time His Majesty's Cup champion and a powerhouse in late nineties, became the first club to gain promotion from the Oman Football Association (OFA) First Division League 2018-19 season, after it recorded a 1-0 victory over Al Bashayer on Sunday.
The win for Seeb helped it take an unassailable eight-point lead from its nearest rival, Bahla, as the club stayed unbeaten in the second stage of the first-division league that features a total of 14 clubs. The top-six clubs then advanced to the next round for a shot at the three spots available for promotion to the Omantel League.
Bahla with 11 and former heavyweight Fanja, with ten points are currently on second and third placed respectively. Nine-time winner Fanja was relegated last year, having won its ninth Omantel League title in 2016.
A delighted Seeb Club vice-chairman Yousuf al Wahaibi told Muscat Daily, “Congratulations to the boys and the coaching staff. We always had the confidence in our team and it has all the potential to compete in the top-flight.”
Seeb, which is better known for its allround achievements in various sports, has won the HM's Cup for Youth, the symbol of club supremacy in the sultanate a record 12 times. It was relegated in May 2015 during the 2014-15 season.
Seeb's football history saw it clinch the sultanate's most coveted trophy – HM's Cup – three times in a row from 1996 to 1998. It was also runner-up twice in 2003 and 2005.
Though, the yellow brigade has failed to win any domestic league title, it had finished runner-up twice in 1995 and 2001. Among Seeb's other exploits has been its march to the final of the 30th GCC Club Cup in 2015, when it finished runner-up to UAE's Al Shabab, losing on penalties.