Preview Charleroi – KVC Westerlo
A better advertisement as last weekend, our players could not make. Dominating the great Anderlecht in a sold-out Kuipje and winning, there was no better scenario. And this in front of our national coach’s eyes.
Now in football, you cannot dwell too long and must look immediately to the next match. Our Kemphans head to the Zebras in Charleroi hoping to finally wipe those zero points in away games off the board.
Unlike last season in 1B, our coach is rotating a lot more this season. In eight games, 20 different players have already had the chance to play from the start.
Last Sunday it was Red Devils Nacer Chadli’s turn to make his debut immediately. Nacer played smoothly for one hour and showed that he is an asset to our team.
Four of our players participated in every match, three of them – Bolat, Seigers and De Cuyper – were in the starting line-up each time. Tuur Dierckx is the fourth, but Tuur had to start on the bench in one match (cf. Gent).
Igor Vetokele prodded his fourth goal of the season against the nets on Sunday and man-of-all-match Maxim De Cuyper is our assist king with three.
As mentioned earlier, we do not really want to take points on the road this season. In fact, if we start looking further, it has already been a very 2022 difficult for our Kemphians to get on the bus with points. In the 11 league games played, we managed to win three and lost eight. Our last win away from home also dates back to 8 April, when we won against Mouscron 2-6. Now we have to say that we have already played the number 1 (Antwerp), the number 4 (OHL) and the number 5 (Gent) this season. The game in Mechelen was a propaganda for football which, provided we had more experience, we could have won in the end.
Did you know?
– Nacer Chadli was also in the interest of Charleroi this summer.
– In our 4 away games the ball also went on the dot 4 times. Three times it was a hit for the home team, we got 1, which Tuur Dierckx also cashed in.
– We get our most goals against away from home just before half-time (4x) and in the last quarter of the game (5x).
The Zebras have been under the leadership of the youngest coach in our First Division since last season. At 31, Edward Still is even younger than two of his players (Marcq and Morioka). Otherwise, he has a fairly young core at his disposal, averaging 23.5 years old.
Still usually plays in a 3-5-2. In goal is Hervé Koffi, an international from Burkina Faso. At the back, he plays with the trio Jonas Bager, taken away from Union this summer, Togolese Loïc Bessilé and Cypriot Stelios Andreou. The latter two are also internationals of their respective countries.
Central in midfield are captain Marco Ilaimaharitra and Algerian Adem Zorgane. They too belong to the core of their countries.
On the flanks are two young Belgian players. On the right, this is Ken Nkuba, who has been part of the A-core for four years but only now seems to have secured a regular place. On the other side is Jackson Tchatchoua. Who was given confidence by his coach last year and this season too, he is proving to be a loyal customer to start in the starting line-up. Although, of course, you also have Joris Kayembe running around there. Last league game against OHL, however, he was injured.
Most changes are made in the attacking part of the squad. There, the coach does not seem to have found the right formation yet.
There are six candidates for three positions. The most familiar to us is of course Daan Heymans. He took his first football steps in our youth teams. It was Bob Peeters who made his debut in the first team at the age of 17. In his second season in the A nucleus, he cashed in a transfer to Waasland Beveren. Via Lommel and Venezia, he has now arrived at Charleroi, where he managed to score six goals in 23 matches anyway.
Other names the coach can choose from are Morioka, Gholizadeh, Benbouali, Badji (ex-Club Brugge) and Isaac Mbenza. The latter is a Belgian with Congolese roots who nevertheless has more than 200 professional matches on his CV. Most of them at foreign clubs such as Valenciennes, Montpellier, Huddersfield, Amiens and Qatar SC.
Did you know?
– They played continuously in the top division for no less than 26 years from 1985 to 2011.
– They then played instant champions, under the guidance of our ex-coach Dennis van Wijk.
– Along with Club Brugge, Antwerp, Oostende and Sint-Truiden, they have yet to concede a penalty.
– Coach Edward Still interrupted his honeymoon in the summer of 2017 to get started as T3 at Club Brugge.
This 25-year-old referee has had the privilege of whistling two matches in the top division this season. Both times the away team went on to win 1-3.
For our Kemphans, it is the 9th time we are going to have him as match referee. The past eight games have been in our favour. Five wins, two draws and only one defeat were the result here.
Charleroi have only had him once, this was last year in December when they went on to win 0-4 in Eupen.
Text and statistics: Peter Boons