State-backed broadcaster Oman Sport Channel has picked up the media rights to broadcast the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Oman is one of the 12 national teams to qualify for the Asian qualifiers, they will soon be kicking off their campaign to make it to Qatar 2022 in a match against Japan.
Oman fans will be able to watch their national team in the final round of qualifying via the first-ever specialized sports television channel in the country. Fans would be available to watch it on both terrestrial television and on its app.
AFC has been selling the media rights of its competitions in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2021-24 cycle in-house.
Commenting on the new deal, Dato’ Windsor John, general secretary of the AFC, said: “Football in Oman continues to make significant progress and the qualification for the AFC Asian Qualifiers for the third time in the Sultanate’s history further reinforces the rise of Oman as a formidable force in Asian football.
He further added, “It is therefore crucial that we continue to build on Oman’s remarkable narrative and journey in the Asian game and we remain committed to working in close partnership with Oman Sport Channel to forge a closer connection between the passionate fans in Oman and the AFC’s world-class competitions.”
Said Taman Al-Amry, director for Oman Sport Channel said, “As a result of this partnership with the AFC, Oman Sport Channel will provide a service to its viewers in the Sultanate to follow the journey of the national team in this crucial stage, which will enhance the connection between the channel and the masses inside the Sultanate.
“We thank the AFC for their continuous cooperation, and we are looking forward to building on this new relationship and will continue to explore the ways in which we can continue this partnership in the future.”