Jazira are not down and out af­ter Dibba de­feat

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Cham­pi­ons Al Jazira have been made even stronger by last week’s shock loss at lowly Dibba Al Fu­jairah, says coach Henk ten Cate.

The run­away 2016/17 win­ners went down 1-0, con­tin­u­ing a stut­ter­ing start to their de­fence. They will hope for a big im­prove­ment tonight against un­der­whelm­ing Al Nasr. “Al Jazira had only lost one game in the league since Jan­uary,” said Ten Cate. “We have ben­e­fited from the lessons learned.”

Mean­while, Shar­jah for­ward Yousef Ahmed is con­fi­dent the club’s now com­plete for­eign le­gion will earn a first win against high­fly­ing Al Wasl. Brazil­ian striker Wellinton should make his de­but, com­pli­ment­ing com­pa­triot Van­der Vieira, Aus­tralia cen­tre-back Ryan McGowan and Chile mid­fielder Ce­sar Pinares. “We are op­ti­mistic be­cause the pres­ence of all four for­eign­ers will change the pic­ture,” he said.

Pro­moted Aj­man will fight to get their open­ing points, at Dibba.

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