MUSCAT, 18 May 2014 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, has announced a handsome reward for Saham Club which has stormed into the final of the 29th GCC Club Cup. Aimed at motivating the team as part of the bank's commitment to promoting the game of football in Oman, the bank has announced the reward for the team members in the event of winning the GCC Club Cup. Saham Club will play against UAE's Al Nasr in the final today (19 May 2014) in Dubai.
Sheikh Khalid bin Mustahail al Mashani, Chairman of Bank Muscat, said: “As Saham Club takes the field for the prestigious Gulf Club Cup championship, Bank Muscat wishes the team good luck in lifting the national honour to new highs by overcoming the challenges. As the nation's leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to strongly convey the message of support to varied sporting activities so as to motivate others to follow suit and provide the required impetus for the country to excel in sports and games. Bank Muscat will continue to extend support and encouragement to national sporting events. The gesture towards Saham Club is a reiteration of the support for youth in Oman."
This is the third time an Omani club is entering the final of the Gulf Club Cup tournament. Fanja is the only club from the Sultanate to win the prestigious regional tournament in 1989. Dhofar lost to Saudi Arabia's Al Nasr in 1996.
Bank Muscat is a major supporter of the national football team in international tournaments. During the previous Gulf Cup tournaments, Bank Muscat led by example, being the first private sector institution to announce cash bonanzas for the national team. The bank was also the first private sector institution to announce financial support to both the Oman national teams playing in the Asian qualifier for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and 2012 Olympics in London.