MUSCAT: The inaugural Mazda Professional Cup successfully concluded recently with Fanja defeating Dhofar in a nail-biting match which ended with a penalty shootout at the Seeb Sports Stadium.

At a grand ceremony, Riyadh ali Sultan, director of Towell Auto Centre, and Oman Football Association (OFA) chairman Sheikh Khalid al Busaidy handed over the Mazda Cup trophy to the winners.

The Mazda Professional Cup was launched in November last year by the OFA. Mazda Oman is the official automotive partner of the OFA and the owner of the prestigious cup.

A senior spokesperson of TAC, the sole distributors of Mazda range of vehicles in Oman, commented, “We are delighted that the first season of the Mazda Professional Cup went off smoothly and was such a success. We profusely thank everyone who was associated with it. We hope to make the Mazda Cup much more popular and reward the talent more when we return with the second season. We pledge to keep supporting the game and rededicate ourselves to constantly take steps for further growth of football talent in the country.”

The Mazda Professional Cup was a three-month long tournament, in which all the 14 local football clubs participated, playing 49 matches during the period.

TAC has already handed over 14 Mazda2 cars to the 14 clubs, which will be used by the clubs for their smooth functioning.

“Football in Oman has developed exponentially in recent years across all levels. There has been unprecedented growth in grassroots participation. Football indeed is a game that unites the country.

“As a responsible corporate and as a brand that stands for being unconventional, we want to promote this game as much as possible, in the interest of the people and the country,” the senior spokesperson added.

Towell Auto Centre has a network of 11 showrooms, 13 service outlets and 10 parts outlets spread across Oman.

TAC is the only Mazda distributor in the world to win the Mazda Customer Service award for five years in a row. With 98.2 per cent parts deliverability, TAC also offers quick, efficient service with genuine parts available for all models.