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1 victory in the last 8 match days. Says enough about the current form of this team. We are also well on the way to break our own record of 2017-2018. Back then, we recorded 12 draws. Today, we are at 11 and there are still 3 games to be contested. Penultimate home game of the season, time to take stock of which players still have a contract, and which do not. From the core that were on the referee sheet in Lier on Sunday, we basically see 13 players back in the new season.
Koen Van Langendonck is entering his ninth season as a Kemphaan. The last two years he was mainly keeping the bench warm after the arrival of Turkish top talent Berke Özer. Meanwhile, he has played more than 200 official matches in goal for Westerlo. That puts him in third place in the all-time rankings, after the unapproachable Jef Delen (387 games) and after Wouter Corstjens (222 games).
Central in the defence is Rubin Seigers. This youth product of Genk joined our ranks during the winter break. After 2 league games and 2 friendly games, it is clear that he is a real asset. He radiates an incredible amount of calm in his game.
The Ivorian Guy-Serge Yameogo and the Senegalese Noël Soumah also have a contract for next year. Yameogo dreams of the English Premier League, it’s up to him to show these ambitions on the pitch.
Pietro Perdichizzi has had to give up his place in the starting line-up for the last two games, but he too still has a contract.
On the right flank, Léo Seydoux and Christoffer Remmer will have to decide who will be the regular right back. It is worth noting that both men have already had a taste of the Champions League. Léo did this with Young Boys Bern and so he has already sat in the dug-out at Old Trafford and could look into the eyes of the Juventus players.
Remmer even goes a step further, as he has the jersey of Cristiano Ronaldo in his possession. For 13 minutes, the famous CR7 was even his direct opponent.
The Ivorian Kouya Mabea dreams of the German Bundesliga and Les Eléphants. By eating enough sandwiches here in Westerlo, he hopes this dream may one day come true.
In central midfield, captain Lukas Van Eenoo has just re-signed until 2024. This season was statistically his best in his 13-year career. He scored seven goals and provided five assists. He has never done better. At position 6 are Kader Keïta and Simon Paulet. With Kader, who is in the spotlight for several clubs, it remains to be seen whether he will be wearing the Westels jersey next season. Simon has shown in the few games he has played that he has the right mentality.
As strikers we have Igor Vetokele and Kyan Vaesen. Igor is the type of hard-working striker. He can also be deployed on different positions. This year, for example, he has been on positions 9, 11, 10 and 8.
Kyan was loaned out to First Amateur club Thes Sport in the beginning of the season. He eventually played 4 matches there (3 league and 1 cup), in which he found his way to the goal once. After the worldwide pandemic, the Amateur League stopped and so he returned to our core after the New Year. In the friendly matches he showed his hitting power and so he was rewarded with a place in the core of 18.
Tuur Dierckx, Matias Lloci, Basilio Ndong, Kristof Van Hout and fourth goalkeeper Pieter Caubergh also still have a contract, but they were not in the core for Lierse.
Goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie was able to stand between the posts for the first time last weekend. In 2016 he moved from the youth side of KV Mechelen to London where he joined the U18 team of Tottenham Hotspur. Five years later, he returned to his homeland to start at the Brussels club.
In defence, we find the foursome Mpati, Ruyssen, Le Joncour and Van Den Bogaert. Tracy Mpati is already in his third Brussels club, having previously played for White Star Brussels and Union. The left-footed Frenchman Florian Le Joncour was mainly competing in the Championnat National (French third division) every week, before settling down at the Edmond Machtens Stadium this summer. Gilles Ruyssen (35 games – 1 goal) and Bryan Van Den Bogaert (80 games) are ex-Kemphans.
Also in midfield we find a former player. Nicolas Rommens (102 games – 8 goals) was a youth product of our club when coach Dennis van Wijk allowed him to get his first playing minutes in 2013. Six years later – with one season of Dessel Sport in between – he left the Kuip. Also in central midfield is Mehdi Terki. The French Algerian is on his fourth Belgian adventure with RWDM. Previously he was on the payroll of Mons, Dender and Lokeren. In the 2019-2020 season, he tried his hand for one season in the Greek Super League with AO Xanthi. Brazilian Lucas Ribeiro Costa was at the number 10 position in the previous game against Club NXT. When he was plucked from French club Valenciennes by Virton in the winter break last season, he immediately impressed with his 4 goals in 8 games. This earned him a contract with Sporting Charleroi. However, things did not go smoothly there and he was rented out for 6 months to RWDM during the recent winter break.
Top marksman Leonardo Rocha will not be there. He has appendicitis and his return is unknown. In his place last weekend was Frenchman Corenthyn Lavie, flanked by Lenny Nangis and Glenn Claes. Lenny Nangis is an ex-U21 player of France, but in March 2018 he chose to contest his international matches with Guadeloupe. Lierenaar Glenn Claes played his first professional matches for Lierse. After peregrinations with KV Mechelen, Lommel, and Virton, he has been with RWDM since this season. We are curious to see whether Kévin Nzuzi Mata will be playing. This striker managed to score seven goals in this current league, including three against our Kemphans.
KVC Westerlo at home
25 goals for
13 goals against
5 clean sheets
12 goals in first half
Minute 0-15: 2 goals
Minute 15-30: 5 goals
Minute 30-45: 5 goals
13 goals in the second half
Minute 45-60: 3 goals
Minute 60-75: 5 goals
Minute 75-90: 5 goals
16 goals for
25 goals against
2 clean sheets
6 goals in first half
Minute 0-15: 1 goal
Minute 15-30: 2 goals
Minutes 30-45: 3 goals
10 goals in the second half
Minute 45-60: 5 goals
Minute 60-75: 4 goals
Minute 75-90: 1 goal