Al Wahda's Steijn satisfied with Netherlands training camp
Tiel: Al Wahda FSCC head coach Maurice Steijn has declared that he is happy with what he has seen from his side during their training camp in the Netherlands.
The 45-year-old Dutch tactician took over from compatriot Henk Ten Cate in June, and has been using the camp to familiarise himself with the players.
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Al Wahda have been busy reinforcing their squad with left-back Al Husain Saleh signed on a season-long loan deal from Al Nasr.
The Abu Dhabi heavyweights have also brought in Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Milesi, who is on loan from Al Dhafra, and 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Eduardo Voltan da Silva, better known as 'Dudu.'
In their most recent friendly against VVCS Club, Al Wahda came back from a goal down to salvage a 3-3 draw, and despite the result, Steijn admits there is still room for improvement in the coming weeks.
"I play every match looking for the win, this what I say to my team, they have to work hard, they have to fight with everything they have," exclaimed Steijn.
"We are training on the physical, technical and tactics sides, and we are now almost two weeks in the camp, and I am very happy with the team. We are working hard, training hard, and we played two very good games so far against good opponents, we got good results, and that gives the team confidence.
"We played a good game against VVCS, I am happy we scored three goals, but I am not happy with the goals we conceded.
"We still have three weeks and a half to work on it, we are looking at all the games, and we sit with the players to ask them to keep developing and that every day they should look to be better."
Al Wahda finished third in the UAE Pro League last season, but before the 2019-2020 season kicks off on August 22, Steijn's charges will face Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on August 5, before hosting the return leg the following week.
The winners of the Al Wahda versus Al Nassr tie will face either Al Duhail or Al Sadd, who clash in an all-Qatari Round of 16 tie, in the quarter-finals.
Photos: Al Wahda FSCC
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