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Keizer: Our Mission is Difficult, But Not Impossible

Abu Dhabi: Nov. 21, 2019
Addressing the press ahead of tomorrow game against Al Dhafra in matchweek 6 of the Arabian Gulf Cup, Marcel Keizer, the manager of the first team admitted that the chances to reach the quarterfinal of the Cup competition is very hard but not impossible at all.
Cup regulations are positive for the young talents
“The different regulations of the cup is very good for us and for the young players in Al Jazira because it will give them a fantastic chance to train and play with the professionals, and this experience will play huge role in their improvement, and it will help them a lot to become a first team starters in the future. We are lucky to have some very talented players from the U21 and U19 teams and couple of them will play tomorrow against Al Dhafra, and they deserve to get this chance because they did well in the training”.
Climbing the group table
“Al Dhafra is higher than us in the cup table, and of course they want to reach the next round, so I expect a tough game against them tomorrow night. We need to win this match, but this is what we always want, so nothing will be different for us in terms of serious preparations and high motives to fight for the points”. 
Latest updates on injuries and fitness 
“Batna, Kenno and Amer are training with the team, but they are not fit yet to play tomorrow. We will play three crucial matches in the next 7 days, and I hope they can be ready very soon to join their teammates and help the team to get the results we need from these matches. We will miss the UAE national team players of course, but I am not worried at all because the available ones have my full support and trust, and I will not hesitate to put any of them in the lineup for tomorrow’s game”.
Mission is difficult, but no impossible
“Nothing is impossible for us, and if we win the next two games we will be in the next round. Of course it is difficult and complicated but we can do it and I have no doubts about it”.
Ahmed Mahmood:
“It is very important for us because we must go higher in the cup table and the next two matches are our last chance to qualify from the groups’ stage. Everyone is working hard to be ready for the game, especially the youngsters because they are very determined to help the team at the period of the season”.