Oman friendly for Mad Stad

AN INTERNATIONAL friendly is coming to the Madejski Stadium later this month – the Royals will be welcoming Oman.

The national team, who are ranked 95th in the world by FIFA, are travelling to Berkshire to take part in a special game while Reading FC take a break during the World Cup qualifying games.

The challenge match will be held at the Championship side’s stadium on Saturday, September 7 from 3pm.

This innovative fixture will see Nigel Adkins’ team take on a national side managed by former Paris St Germain and Rangers boss Paul Le Guen; who counts Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi as his captain.

A spokesperson for the club said: “The fixture gives us the opportunity to play a competitive game over a two-week international break, and comes during a 29-day gap in the Madejski Stadium fixture list.

“We are delighted to host strong opposition in an Omani team who drew twice with Australia in their World Cup 2014 group and took their bid for qualification right to the final game.”

Oman will be training at Reading’s training ground – Hogwood Park – for a week, as well as playing a friendly match at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, September 10.

“We have strong links with the Oman FA and are a partner club in a unique Kickworldwide Outreach Programme there, while delegates from both countries have visited each other on a number of occasions,” the spokesperson added.

“Last but not least, the game is another opportunity for our summer signings like Royston Drenthe to play at Madejski Stadium, and it should be an exciting and memorable afternoon at the home of the Royals.”

Advance tickets for the game are priced at £5 concessions and £10 adults.

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