Al Jazira re-appoint Marcel Keizer less than a year after leaving to take over Sporting Lisbon

Sport360 staff 14:02 13/10/2019
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Al Jazira have sensationally re-appointed Marcel Keizer as head coach less than a year after he left the club to take over at Sporting Lisbon.

He replaces fellow Dutchman Jurgen Streppel, who parted ways with the club this weekend.

The Pride of Abu Dhabi announced they reached an agreement with Keizer to return as first team head coach on a two-year contract.

“I would like to thank Jurgen for all of his commitment and work during his time with us,” said Ayed Mabkhout, CEO of Al Jazira Football Company and a member of the board. “We wish him every success in the future.

“We are delighted to announce Marcel’s return to Al Jazira FC. He is a top class coach and his understanding of the local and regional championships here will be a big advantage to us. We wish him all the very best for a successful season ahead.”

Keizer previously coached Jazira at the start of the 2018/19 season, registering five wins and four draws before moving to Portuguese giants Sporting. While there he claimed the Portuguese Cup, the Portuguese League Cup and also ensured Europa League qualification.

And yet he was sacked by the Lisbon giants in September following an indifferent start to the campaign.

Keizer is similarly upbeat upon his return to the helm at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. “I am delighted to be back in the UAE and representing this great club,” said the 50-year-old.

“We will work hard in all competitions this season and we hope to give our fans plenty of excitement and entertainment along the way. I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad and I am excited about what we can achieve together.”

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