Marcel Keizer pleased to get a win on his return to Al Jazira

Sport360 staff 14:29 20/10/2019
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Marcel Keizer has been re-appointed Jazira coach.

Marcel Keizer was pleased to get off to a winning start in his second spell as Al Jazira coach after beating Khorfakkan as the Arabian Gulf League resumed on Saturday.

Goals from Khalifa Al Hammadi, Ali Mabkhout and Abdullah Ramadan sealed a 3-1 away victory on Saturday in Keizer’s first match in charge since his reappointment last week.

The result moved the Pride of Abu Dhabi fourth in the standings and Keizer was happy with what he saw particularly in the first-half.

“We were playing against a well organised team so we had to be very careful,” said the Dutchman during his post-match press conference.

“We started well and controlled the game by having lots of possession that saw us score two goals. We kept the momentum going in the second-half and although we could have played better, I was happy that we scored another goal and to win the game.”

Despite the positive result, Keizer insists there is no pressure on the team and he is focused on sticking to their principles of playing attractive football.

“I spoke to the players about our principles and all of them understand what they want to do as a team,” he added, having returned to the club following a stint with European heavyweights Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

“We want to stick to our principles of how we want to play football and try to win as many games as possible. We are not thinking about any silverware yet as it’s still early in the season.”

Keizer also confirmed that Thulani Serero and Sultan Al Ghaferi are set to return to training this week while Khalfan Mubarak, Keno and Mourad Batna are likely to remain sidelined.

Jazira will next be in action on Wednesday when they take on Ismaily in Egypt in the first leg of their last 16 clash in the Mohammed VI Champions Cup.

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