The Oman Football Association announced today, Thursday, that it has signed with Czech coach Jaroslav Szelhavi to coach the national team to correct course after their early exit from the Asian Cup in Qatar.
The Omani Federation said in a statement
The Oman national team is preparing to continue its journey in dual Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup and 2027 Asian Cup.
📄 The board of directors of the Oman Football Association has signed with coach Jaroslav Selhawi to lead the “Reds” leadership. pic.twitter.com/BfVFzoCg2S
– Oman Football Association (@OmanFA) 1 February 2024
Oman's new coach registered
Silhavy, 62, previously coached several Czech clubs, and took over coaching duties of the Czech national team in 2018 after they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
The Czech led his country to the quarter-finals of the 2020 European Championship and also qualified them for the 2024 European Championship.
After leading the Czechs to the European Championship finals twice, Shelavi resigned from his post last November, stating that he decided to resign because he was disgusted by the criticism directed at him by critics and fans when the team failed to win matches. Couldn't bear the torrent.
Silhavy played 465 matches in the Czech Premier League during his career as a player and won local league titles as coach of Slovan Liberec and Slavia Prague, and he was assistant coach of the national team from 2001 to 2009.
The Omani Federation decided not to renew the contract of Croatian Branko Ivankovic, the team's first coach, after his early exit from the Asian Cup last Thursday.
Oman needed a win over Kyrgyzstan to reach the Round of 16, but squandered their lead and drew 1–1 and were eliminated from the group stage of the tournament.
Ivankovic (69 years old) took over as coach of Oman in early 2020, he won 21 matches, lost 13 and drew 9 times.