Playing champion in your seat. It is something special. The party that started afterwards was idem ditto. And now we can finally say it: it was well deserved. Coach Jonas De Roeck and his team turned our Kemphans into a fighting and playing team where every individual was important. What remains now are meetings at Mouscron and the apotheosis at Kuipje against RWDM.
Team KVC Westerlo
Alea Iacta Est, 2 playing days before the end of the regular league, the league has fallen into the final fold. Our Kemphans can go back to playing against the big boys within 3 months. For 5 years, we have been in that terribly difficult league of 1B. As a result, we are hardened and armed. We don’t want to go through this again. Our owner’s goal has also been achieved. To become champions within three years was the assignment he gave when he took control of the club. He made sure that our club took a professional step forward every day and look at the result. We dit it! Together we achieved this goal. That is also the strength of our club. The family character has remained, as has the sympathetic image towards the rest of Belgium. Because everyone loves Westerlo.
If we summarise the season, we see mainly 12 names in the core that usually started in the base. Dave, Edi, Rubin, Pietro, Mabea, Thomas, Lukas, Maxim, Jan, Kyan, Lyle and Erdon did so in 17 or more games. Edi and Mabea will not be there this time. The former is on yellow suspension, Mabea is serving the first of his 3 penalty days. Nine players also played at least once: Koen, Léo, Noël, Guy-Serge, Christoffer, Özi, Mathias, Igor and Tuur. 5 players only got playing minutes during a substitution: Fernand, Tibo, Lorenzo, Simon and Mamoutou and 6 players are still waiting for their first playing minutes: Kristof, Roman, Trésor, Wally, Pieter and Jitse. No matter how many matches and playing minutes everyone ended up with, one thing was important: the group mentality of all 32 core players was the basis of the success.
When they received the verdict last year that they had to play a series lower, the ambition of the Hainauts was to go back to the highest division as soon as possible. Let us quote a famous “corona” statement of one of our ministers: we know that! We know that you want to return as soon as possible, but we also know that it is oh so difficult. Because make no mistake: 1B football is more difficult than 1A football. There, it is play-offs every week. 8 teams that have only one goal: to become champions! Coach and ex-Red Devil Enzo Scifo has experienced it personally. After a few days of play-offs, he had to step down. In his wake, sports director and also ex-Red Devil Mbo Mpenza had to leave the team. “We stayed below expectations, but we didn’t have the time to build something up,” was their explanation. Now the man who took over, José Jeunechamps, did. Not a big name, but an expert in the field. As assistant coach of Seraing, Standard, Metz, Charlton, Cercle Brugge, OH Leuven and Antwerp. In thirteen league matches, he lost only three times. Twice against De Kemphanen and against RWDM. Just against the 2 top teams in our league. However, the last 2 matches – when they were certain of an extended stay in 1B – were also lost. At home against Deinze and at Virton.
Formation Virton: Gillekens, Duplus, Angiulli, Taravel, Myny, Bakic, Diandy, Mohamed, Carcela, Tainmont and Chevalier.
Captain is Dimitri Mohamed, who has already played 246 matches for Les Hurlus. Top marksman is Joachim Carcela-Gonzalez. This is remarkable, as Mehdi’s (Standard) cousin has only started in 11 league games. He currently has 5 goals to his name, 1 more than striker Teddy Chevalier, who has twice as many playing minutes. The latter is the best assistant with 7 goals.
26.09.21 1-2 ⚽️ Jordanov, Gouré
27.10.15 2-2 ⚽️ Visnakovs, Aoulad
09.05.15 1-1 ⚽️ Geudens
Kevin Debeuckelaere will be in charge of this match.
His statistics with him are as follows:
- Westerlo: 5x wins – 5x draws and 4 losses
- 2x we got a penalty kick from him, both Igor Vetokele and Nicolas Rommens managed to
- He handed out 33 yellow cards to a Ruffler.
- Lukas Van Eenoo, who hardly ever gets yellow cards, got 2 from him last year. Fortunately, this was not in the same match. Lukas’ counter remained at those 2 last year by the way.
- One player was excluded with 2 yellow cards. It happened to Léo Seydoux last year in a home game against Lommel.
- Westerlo is the team he met the most times in his career. So this will be his fifteenth appearance against us.
Mouscron came against him only 3 times. Each time it was on a trip. The balance there is neatly divided: 1x win, 1x draw and 1 defeat.
Text and statistics: Peter Boons