Al Jazira have commenced their preparations for the upcoming season after departing for the Netherlands on their summer training camp on Saturday morning.
The club flew from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Amsterdam, from where they will travel to Wageningen to set up camp until July 31. They will then travel to Oosterbeek before concluding their camp on August 9.
It is the second consecutive year that Jazira will tour the Netherlands and the camp is expected to play an important part for the team to build on their fitness and work on tactical strategies ahead of the start of the new Arabian Gulf League season.
Fares Jumaa, Sebastien Siani, Saif Khalfan and new signing Sultan Al Ghaferi were among the first-team players that travelled to Europe. The prolific Brazilian striker Keno, who was signed on a loan from the Egyptian club Pyramids FC, will join the team directly at the camp.
Eight first-team players including club captain Ali Khaseif, prolific striker Ali Mabkhout and exciting playmaker Khalfan Mubarak will join the team on July 22 after wrapping up their international duty with the UAE national team.
Five academy players are also travelling with the first team players who will make up the 27-man squad in the Netherlands.
The players will be aiming to step up their fitness after undertaking medical tests back in the UAE capital following the summer break and return to pre-season.
The summer camp will provide another opportunity for new head coach Jurgen Streppel to assess his new players and work on tactics with the club set to play a number of friendlies.
The Pride of Abu Dhabi will play friendly matches during the three-week camp, which will end on August 10 before flying back to Abu Dhabi.
Jazira kick off their 2019/20 season in August when they face promoted Khorfakkan in the Arabian Gulf Cup on August 22. The Pride of Abu Dhabi will then open their AGL campaign against Al Dhafra on September 19.
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