Royals 'keeper receives special awardWe are very pleased to report that Royals goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi has been honoured with the Supreme Council of Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Distinction award.
The goalkeeper has been awarded the honour in appreciation of his unique and remarkable contribution to the sports field in the Arabian Gulf region.
Al-Habsi is the only Omani player to play in Europe, and is captain of his national team. Oman currently lie second in their World Cup qualifying group, and are well-poised to make it to the next stage of qualifying.
The award was received by his brother Sulaiman on behalf of him in Doha, and was presented by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Ameer of Qatar at the Ameeri court.
Ali is the only player from the Gulf region to currently be playing professional football in England. His 200th start in European club football came in a 2-1 victory against his former side Bolton Wanderers last month - a game in which a spate of stunning saves saw him eventually awarded as man of the match.
The shot-stopper is in his tenth season between the posts in England’s top two tiers, since joining then-Premier League side Bolton in 2006 from Norwegian outfit Lyn Oslo. Al-Habsi also enjoyed a long spell at Wigan Athletic and a short loan to Brighton.