Bold coach Marcel Keizer has marked his contract extension by sending out an ominous message that “perhaps subsequent 12 months could be higher” for reigning Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira.
Keizer, 52, was rewarded last week with fresh terms up to June 2023 after he led his youthful Pleasure of Abu Dhabi squad to a 3rd top-flight title. Ideas have already turned in the direction of how a profitable first defence within the membership’s 47-year historical past could be engineered.
“We’d like some new gamers as a result of for those who preserve it the identical, perhaps it’s not adequate,” he stated to the media through video name from his native Netherlands. “It’s also good to have some competitors inside our personal workforce.
“Let’s see what we are able to do with the overseas gamers. We’ve nonetheless not determined, after all.
“However we’re trying on the alternatives now we have to make the workforce higher.
“I believe if we get some gamers in, it’s good for the entire workforce. As a result of then everyone has a brand new problem.
“Now, what we did was good. However perhaps subsequent 12 months we could be higher.”
He added: “We received the title, however in soccer each season is totally different. We first must see what the workforce appears like once we begin the league.
“Can we get extra foreigners, or keep the identical as final season? What about younger gamers from the academy?
“We now have to see, now. The opponents additionally, are superb golf equipment and groups.
“Are they going to purchase totally different payers? We now have to see.
“The one factor we are able to do is enhance our recreation. Our recreation for a very long time was superb final season.
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“However there are nonetheless extra enhancements to make. That is the problem for us subsequent season.”
Jazira have already secured the futures of Serbia centre-back Milos Kosanovic and South Africa centre midfielder Thulani Serero. Uncertainty, nevertheless, surrounds the rest of their four-player overseas quota.
Nigeria ahead Imoh Ezekiel solely inked a one-season deal in October 2020 and Curacao winger Brandley Kuwas solely joined on a short-term mortgage from Al Nasr in January.
However all doubts about Keizer’s future had been erased in current days. The coveted ex-Sporting Lisbon and Ajax boss admitted he’d acquired overtures elsewhere together with his keep, initially, set to finish this summer season.
“Sure, however it’s not necessary now,” he replied when requested about different gives. “I’m comfortable to remain and that’s the most necessary now.”
The long run, additionally, seems brilliant for Jazira. A mean age of 26.8 years in 2020/21, in line with Wyscout, evidenced a workforce but to hit its prime, with 4 gamers – together with hat-trick-hero Ali Mabkhout – beginning the UAE’s 5-1 pleasant thrashing of Jordan forward of this week’s much-delayed resumption of World Cup 2022 qualifying
“Al Jazira is legendary for our academy,” Keizer said. “What you see now’s that our workforce is an excellent combine.
“We had two foreigners, then two extra got here in. Then, after all, Ali [Khaseif] and Ali [Mabkhout].
“Then the younger gamers who’re already turning into skilled, as a result of they’re 21 or 22.
“These guys did a terrific job final season. They get higher yearly.
“I anticipate them to be higher subsequent 12 months, additionally. Then coming behind there may be [Abdulla] Idrees at left-back, and a few even youthful gamers who can present themselves in coaching camp.
“This is superb for Al Jazira. Oumar Traore and [Mohammed] Rabii, additionally, there may be quite a lot of potential on the membership.”
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