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League win makes Fanja first team to be on par with Dhofar
Mon,16-May-16

It was the HM Cup Final of the 2013-14 season and Fanja fans had come out in great numbers to support their team. They all held banners showing the number 9 because if Fanja won, the club could proudly boast of having more HM Cup Champion’s trophies than any other.

Fanja won that final and 2 seasons on, still hold the record for the highest number of HM Cup Victories by a single club.

Whilst it was a day to remember for Fanja fans, Dhofar fans mourned the fact that they were no longer the HM Cup’s most successful team.

Dhofar have been, over the course of time, been one of Oman’s most successful teams. They have won the top tier league 9 times and the HM Cup 8 times. Their records have held intact for a long time but Fanja are slowly starting to catch up even as they haven’t won the league since 2005 or the HM Cup since 2011.

The 2015-16 league ended in a nail biting finish that saw Fanja hold their nerve and take away the title in what was probably the closest fought league season in recent memory. The victory, Fanja’s first since 2011-12, had been a longtime coming as they had finished runners up in all the seasons in between the two title runs.

More importantly though, it marked an important moment for the club as they joined once more the nation’s elite.

They were the first team to hit the mark of 9 league titles since Dhofar, a record the Salalah club had held on its own since their 2004-2005 league triumph. Once more, with the highest number of HM Cup titles and the joint highest number of league titles, Fanja had established a higher standard to aspire to in Oman football.

This was a team that in 2010 hadn’t won a top tier league title in 2 decades. The fact that they have won 9 is a testament to their place in the history books. It also reflects on the greater role that they may have going forward in the development of Oman’s football landscape.

For now though, Dhofar will certainly have to come back strong next year and if they don’t, they run the risk of losing out on the bragging rights to another record.

 

 

 

   
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  • Raed Ibrahim Saleh Haikal Al-Mukhaini

    On 13 July 2013, he signed a contract with 2012–13 Oman Elite League runners-up Fanja SC. On 4 July 2014,...

    Position
    Forward
    Jersey Number
    6
    Nationality
    Oman
    Height
    1.78
    Weight
    70kg
  • Saad Suhail Juma Al-Mukhaini

    In 2006, he signed with Al-Oruba SC. In 2010 he moved to Al-Suwaiq Club where he played for one season be...

    Position
    8
    Jersey Number
    11
    Nationality
    Oman
    Height
    1.70M
    Weight
    69Kg
  • Hussain Ali Farah Al-Hadhri

    Al-Hadhri had played a vital role for Dhofar S.C.S.C. as a high scoring striker, rivaling Dhofari veteran,&nbs...

    Position
    Attacking Midfielder
    Jersey Number
    7
    Nationality
    Oman
    Height
    1.71M
    Weight
    78Kg
  • Jaber Mohammed Sagheer Al-Owaisi

    On 30 July 2013, he signed a one-year contract extension with Al-Shabab Club. On 19 August 2014, he again signed a ...

    Position
    Central Defender
    Jersey Number
    3
    Nationality
    Oman
    Height
    1.77M
    Weight
    74Kg
  • Mohammed Saleh Ali Al-Musalami

    On 17 July 2013, he agreed a one-year contract extension with 2012–13 Oman Elite League runners-up Fanja ...

    Position
    Defender
    Jersey Number
    13
    Nationality
    Oman
    Height
    1.75M
    Weight
    68Kg
  • Imad Ali Suleiman Al-Hosni

    Al-Khaburah He started his professional football career in 2003 and joined the Omani sports club Al-Kh...

    Position
    Striker
    Jersey Number
    20
    Nationality
    Omani
    Height
    1.80M
    Weight
    66Kg
  • Raed Ibrahim Saleh Haikal Al-Mukhaini
  • Saad Suhail Juma Al-Mukhaini
  • Hussain Ali Farah Al-Hadhri
  • Jaber Mohammed Sagheer Al-Owaisi
  • Mohammed Saleh Ali Al-Musalami
  • Imad Ali Suleiman Al-Hosni