I will start with a brief history about Mr. Milan Macala’s impact on football in our region since 1996 to present.
Macala, took Kuwait to victory in the Gulf Cup twice(1996, 1998).He then briefly coached the United Arab Emirates in 1997 before being hired by the Saudi federation.
The Czech veteran however was sacked by Saudi’s football association in October 2000 following its defeat to Japan in the Asian Nations Cup. He was finally hired by the Omani Football Association to act as the head coach of the Omani national side. Let us follow his journey in Oman and outline his advantages and pitfalls.
No one can deny the great and important role Milan Macala has played over the years with our Omani national team. He has improved our skills and tactics significantly and as a result, we qualified for the Asian Cup finals in 2004 for the first time under his reign. Although this might not appear to be a great achievement but to us it was an impressive one. Since then, Oman has become a fearful team in the region if not in all of Asia and has climbed up in the FIFA ranking system.
In 2004, we competed in the Gulf Cup, the most prestigious competition for the GCC countries, organized by Qatar. The teams in the cup เว็บแทงบอลปลอดภัย ufabet were divided into 2 groups and Oman managed to put an excellent performance that saw her face the host country, Qatar, in a dream final for all Omanis,
But we lost in spite of the fact having had an incredible chance to win the cup in the penalty shootouts. Nonetheless the players and the technical staff were greeted like victors and champions upon their arrival to their home land, Oman.
“I have given all that I can and it is time for me to move on.”
Yes these were the words that the veteran Macala muttered. He then left to coach UAE club Al Ain where he was constantly under fire to produce results and never rose up to the club’s expectations. He was finally released short after.