Streppel has Faith in Youngsters to Deliver in Cup Clash

Abu Dhabi, 30 August 2019
Head coach Jurgen Streppel has backed Al Jazira’s youngsters to show their quality when they face Shabab Al Ahli in the Arabian Gulf Cup.
The Pride of Abu Dhabi will be without 12 players for Saturday’s clash in Dubai following their call-ups to the UAE senior and Olympic teams respectively.
But Streppel has no concerns of fielding his youth players and believes Al Jazira have enough strength in depth within the squad to challenge Shabab Al Ahli. 
“We don't mind playing with youngsters at all,” said the Dutchman during the pre-match press conference. “I always believe that if you are good enough, then you deserve to play and I don't care about age. 
“We will be playing with three youngsters as per the competition rules. There have been some youngsters that have been training with us this week so we will assess their progress and see how they are. Al Jazira has a very good academy which produces young quality players and for sure there will be a number of youngsters featuring on Saturday.”
Al Jazira will be hoping to make it two consecutive wins following last week’s victory in the opening round of the competition. However, Streppel is fully aware of the threat posed by reigning Arabian Gulf Cup holders Shabab Al Ahli.
“We know we have a lot of players missing but we have full confidence we can get a good result after winning the first match,” he said.
“Shabab Al Ahli are a very good side and it will be a tough game. We will give, as always, 100 per cent and we have enough quality to claim all three points.”
Meanwhile, experienced defender Fares Juma believes there’s no reason why Al Jazira cannot claim another victory.
“The coaching team has done an excellent job in preparing us for this game,” he said. “It will be a difficult test as we have a number of international players missing but we still have a strong squad. We want to play well and win the game and we will give our best to try and make that happen.”