Salah Al Yahyai to the Gulf Cup Federation website: Oman is among the best Gulf teams..and I aspire to be crowned with the team
– The Omani player is talented and distinguished. He just needs more matches to gain experience and contact with strong teams, and to get used to the high-rate matches.
– The final match was competitive and strong. The two teams were very close to winning. The land and the crowd contributed greatly to Iraq snatching the title.
– Achieving titles and bringing the national team to the podiums is what will greatly help the Omani player’s professionalism.
– No two now disagree that the Saudi League is one of the strongest leagues in the world
The best player in Oman at the present time, the naturally talented winger, who always has the solutions to be the magic key for the coaches to decide the victory, appeared remarkably during the last Gulf Cup tournament in Basra, and was one of the most important reasons for Oman’s arrival in the final match, as he is the star of the national team and the Omani club Al-Seeb Salah Al-Yahya’i , which was hosted by the Gulf Cup Federation website, in this dialogue:
Q: A good local march with Al-Seeb, Fanja, Dhofar, then Al-Seeb, what is the best period during this march?
I have special memories in all these big clubs. Al-Seeb is my home and the club where I grew up and learned many things. In Fanja I scored my first goals in the league and with Dhofar I achieved the first championship in the league and His Majesty the Sultan’s Cup. Returning to Seeb and achieving many championships with the club and the AFC Cup is one of the best periods.
Q: What are your best seasons during the last period?
I can say that it was last season, when we achieved a historic quadruple, the Omantel League, His Majesty the Sultan’s Cup, the Super Cup and the AFC Cup.
Q: Which coach has the strongest imprint on Salah Al Yahyai and do you owe credit to him?
Quite frankly, all the coaches who have gone through my career during the past years, whether in clubs or national teams, and whether they are local or foreign coaches, have an imprint on my career and I learned a lot from each one of them. Each coach has a special philosophy, a special tactic and a unique playing style, and this helps the player to learn and play in different positions according to the coach’s vision, to help the team.
Q: You were one of the most important elements of Al-Seeb that won the AFC Cup for the first time in the history of the Sultanate’s clubs. What does that championship represent to you? And what is the most difficult meeting during it?
It was a very special tournament, as the first Omani club to achieve this title, the happiest achievement of all the Omani fans in general and Al Sibawi in particular. I joined the team with the quarter-finals. All the matches were difficult, but the Malaysian club match was the most difficult, because we played it outside our land, and with the stress of travel and the change of weather but thank God, the Omani fans were supporting us, and we were able to make them happy with the title.
Q: Boris Bonjak, Elie Stan, Rashid Jaber, 3 coaches during the Confederation Cup, weren’t you worried as players about this change? And how did you adapt to the thought of each coach of them?
As players, our task is to implement the coach’s ideas and instructions on the field, and most importantly, as players, we had the ambition and the great desire to return Al-Seeb to the podiums.
Q: You joined the national teams early, what is lacking in the youth stages to be a strong supporter of the first team?
The Omani players are talented and distinguished. They just needs more matches to gain experience and contact with strong teams, and to get used to the high-tempo matches, and most importantly, continuity and discipline.
Q: Tell us about the back scenes of Oman national team during the last Gulf Cup in Iraq?
It was a unique experience, and the most important thing that gave it distinction was the large public presence. As players, we were ready and confident that we would reach the final despite the difficulties we faced at the beginning. I suffered from an injury before and during the tournament, but thank God, with the help of the medical staff, I returned to play and helped my colleagues to reach the final.
Q: Why did Oman lose the title?
The final match was competitive and strong. The two teams were very close to winning. The land and the crowd contributed greatly to Iraq snatching the title. The Iraqi team scored the winning goal late, and we congratulate them for winning and crowning them on their land and among their large fans.
Q: How does the Sultanate rank among the Gulf teams?
Our team is among the best Gulf teams, and we certainly strive to achieve outstanding results in the upcoming competitions.
Q: What did Branko Ivankovic add to you?
He added a lot to me as a player, and to the national team a lot. We developed a lot as a group, and it gave me more confidence to show my capabilities on the field.
Q: Where is Salah Al Yahyai, the best player in Oman at the present time from foreign professionalism?
There are many distinguished players in Oman, and among the best in the Gulf. Every player wishes to become a professional in his career and play in larger leagues to achieve maximum benefit and play at high levels, and I hope that the next one will be better.
Q: What does the Omani player need to become a professional in one of the major leagues?
I think if the Gulf player returns to the local, we will see many of our professional players in the Gulf leagues. I repeat it again, the Omani player is distinguished and talented. Achieving titles and bringing the national team to the podiums is what will greatly help in the professionalism of the Omani player.
Q: What is the best Gulf league for you? And why?
The Gulf leagues are strong and competitive, there are ancient clubs in all leagues that have achieved a lot locally and continually, and no two now disagree that the Saudi League is one of the strongest leagues in the world.
Q: Looking realistically, how do you see the chances of the Omani Red in the Asian Cup? And how to properly prepare for the continental competition?
We have a strong and homogeneous team, we have been playing together for a long time, currently our team is in the continental ranking among the top ten teams in Asia, so we are required to provide stronger and better results than the last version, during the coming period the team will go through camps and matches to optimally prepare for the Asian Championship and the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
Q: How do you see Al-Seeb’s chances in the Arab Championship after losing the kick-off against Al-Muharraq of Bahrain?
Yes, we lost the first match in Bahrain, but our chances are still strong in the return match, which will be on our land and among our fans. We are able to overturn the result, win and qualify.
Q: What is the ambition of Salah Al Yahyai?
Currently qualifying with Al-Seeb Club for the Arab Championship and presenting strong levels, and in the long run, bringing our team to the podiums and qualifying for the World Cup and external professionalism.