Oman sacks coach Macala after Gulf Cup loss

The Oman Football Association has sacked national team coach Milan Macala after reviewing his reports on the team’s performance in the Arabian Gulf Cup, which Oman lost to hosts UAE in the final. Temporary control of the side has been given to local Hamad Al Azani. AFCMedia noted that the Czech took over Oman’s reins in 2002 and guided them in three Gulf Cups, finishing runners-up in the last two biannual events. He also led them to their maiden AFC Asian Cup appearance in China 2004 and was also instrumental in getting them a berth in the AFC Asian Cup 2007.