The Omani side gained access to the competition vis-a-vis their status as runners up in the Omani League last season. Shabab Al-Khaleel for their part were crowned WBPL champions in 2015/16 with relative ease.
Both sides have had a tough time of it lately with neither side mounting anything close to resembling a title challenge. Al-Suwaiq are just above the relegation zone while Shabab Al-Khaleel are a whopping 14 points off the pace set by Hilal Al-Quds.
To put it simply, this was a must win for both teams.
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