MUSCAT, 12 November 2014 – The Oman football team launching its campaign in the 22nd Gulf Cup in Saudi Arabia with the opening match against the United Arab Emirates on Friday (14 November) has received encouraging support from Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate. Aimed at motivating the team, Sheikh Khalid bin Mustahail al Mashani, Chairman, has announced cash prizes for the team members in the event of winning the Gulf Cup.
Sheikh Khalid said: “As the Sultanate begins the Gulf Cup championship, Bank Muscat joins the nation in wishing the team good luck and motivating them to lift the national honour to new highs by overcoming the challenges."
Sheikh Khalid added: “True to its commitment to supporting varied sporting activities in the country, Bank Muscat remains at the forefront in offering the required encouragement and support for the national team to put up their best efforts. As the nation's leading financial institution, Bank Muscat aims to strongly convey the message of support to the national team so as to motivate others to follow suit and provide the required impetus for the team to excel in the game. Bank Muscat will continue to extend all support and encouragement to the national team. The gesture towards the national team is a reiteration of the support for youth in Oman."
Bank Muscat is a major supporter of the national football team in international tournaments. During the previous editions of Gulf Cup, Bank Muscat led by example being the first private sector institution to announce cash prizes 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 2012 Olympics in London and 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
In keeping with the passion for football in Oman, Bank Muscat seizes every opportunity to promote the national game. The bank, in association with Visa, was granted an exclusive positioning among 20 global banks chosen as official Retail Bank of 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Bank Muscat was the only financial institution in Oman to receive this unique privilege as 66 all-expenses-paid packages were offered to football enthusiasts to witness the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ matches, including the finals, live in Brazil.
Central to the bank's social responsibility initiatives is the Green Sports initiative launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports Affairs to promote Oman as a sporting nation in general and the national game of football in particular. The programme to green the playgrounds of clubs and teams across the Sultanate has gained wide popularity and the bank remains committed to supporting all deserving clubs across the Sultanate to green their playing fields, aimed at raising sporting heroes for the country.