Bold coach Marcel Keizer has marked his contract extension by sending out an ominous message that “possibly subsequent yr could be higher” for reigning Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira.
Keizer, 52, was rewarded final week with contemporary phrases as much as June 2023 after he led his youthful Delight of Abu Dhabi squad to a 3rd top-flight title. Ideas have already turned in direction of how a profitable first defence within the membership’s 47-year historical past could be engineered.
“We want some new gamers as a result of for those who maintain it the identical, possibly it’s not adequate,” he mentioned to the media by way of video name from his native Netherlands. “It is usually good to have some competitors inside our personal crew.
“Let’s see what we will do with the overseas gamers. We’ve nonetheless not determined, in fact.
“However we’re trying on the alternatives we’ve to make the crew higher.
“I believe if we get some gamers in, it’s good for the entire crew. As a result of then all people has a brand new problem.
“Now, what we did was good. However possibly subsequent yr we could be higher.”
He added: “We gained the title, however in soccer each season is totally different. We first need to see what the crew 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 will do is enhance our recreation. Our recreation for a very long time was superb final season.
“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 latest days. The coveted ex-Sporting Lisbon and Ajax boss admitted he’d obtained overtures elsewhere together with his keep, initially, set to finish this summer time.
“Sure, however it’s not essential now,” he replied when requested about different presents. “I’m glad to remain and that’s the most essential now.”
The long run, additionally, seems shiny for Jazira. A median age of 26.8 years in 2020/21, in response to Wyscout, evidenced a crew 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 acknowledged. “What you see now’s that our crew is an excellent combine.
“We had two foreigners, then two extra got here in. Then, in fact, Ali [Khaseif] and Ali [Mabkhout].
“Then the younger gamers who’re already changing into skilled, as a result of they’re 21 or 22.
“These guys did an excellent job final season. They get higher yearly.
“I count on them to be higher subsequent yr, additionally. Then coming behind there’s [Abdulla] Idrees at left-back, and a few even youthful gamers who can present themselves in coaching camp.
“This is excellent for Al Jazira. Oumar Traore and [Mohammed] Rabii, additionally, there’s numerous potential on the membership.”
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