Preview KVC Westerlo – Waasland-Beveren

Last week, the Lions from Beveren grabbed their last chance to compete for a promotion spot in a direct match against RWDM. Our Kemphans saw the game against the Kempenzonen slip away due to storm Eunice.

Team Waasland-Beveren

The release was great when top marksman Daniel Maderner – I think it was him after all – was able to beat the Brussels goalkeeper in the last minute with a single nice goal. The clever previous action was initiated by Mauro Trari – also substitute – and it was the Austrian who put the ball into the net with a heel.

It was also suggested that it was an own goal, but who cares at the end? The ball was in the goal.

By the way, young Trari had received a nice gift the day before the match. He saw his efforts on the training pitch rewarded with a first contract extension.

Serbian central defender Aleksandar Vukotic was also back on the pitch as a starter. Five months ago he dropped out after 15 minutes in the home game against us, and after two short substitutions the Swiss coach Marc Schneider thought it was time to bring him back.

The other central defender, Moroccan Manuel da Costa, came off with an injury shortly before the end, so it remains to be seen whether he will be able to play in het Kuipje.

Did you know?

  • There are no less than 6 ex-Red Devils playing in 1B, and 2 of them are wearing the Beverse shirt. Guillame Gillet was good for 37 selections, whereby he started 15 times and played 7 times as a substitute. Katuku “Derrick” Tshimanga is a One Day Red Devil. He was called up once in 2011 and was allowed to play 4 minutes in an exhibition match in Slovenia.

Team KVC Westerlo

For the third time already, we saw a match postponed. Snow, corona and recently a storm, but let’s be clear: nothing stops our Kemphans.

The lead remains at eight with eight games to go. Three more at Het Kuipje (Beveren, Lierse and RWDM) and five more on the bus (Deinze, Virton, Lierse, Lommel and Mouscron).

We looked up the results of the first round for these games. Then we scored 17 out of 24. Add these points to the current number and the party can begin. The entire Westel entourage dreams of it, but a native of the Kempen remains, as always, down-to-earth and with his two feet on the ground. Only when the time comes will we be able to go crazy together.

Did you know?
  • David Jensen is currently on 9 clean-sheets. That he is not far away from his record of the 2016/2017 season. Then he managed to keep the zero ten times in 20 games with the Dutch club FC Utrecht.
  •  Edi(sson) Jordanov hopes to take a plane to Qatar next month. Then the Lavovete (nicknames of the players of the national team of Bulgaria) play 2 friendly matches.
  • Rubin Seigers has been able to hold a championship trophy twice in his young career. In 2019 he did so with KRC Genk and one year later he did it again with Beerschot in the 1B-series.
  • Pietro Perdichizzi led the defence of our young Red Devils in 2012 together with Dedryck Boyata, now Hertha BSC. That 10 years later, 7 players of that generation are still playing for the Red Devils. Their names: Casteels, Sels, Meunier, Boyata, Praet, Thorgan Hazard and Batshuayi.
  • Igor Vetokele is from the same batch, but later chose the national team of Angola.

Head-to-head

  • 07.11.21         1-1     ⚽️Daci
  • 01.10.16         1-0     ⚽️Annys
  • 13.03.16         1-0     ⚽️Cools

Referee

The new VAR-manager, Christof Dierick will be the referee on duty. This 43-year old referee will retire after this season.

Recently, he was offered this new position to train the videorefs from next season onwards and to further professionalise the VAR scene.

In his 13-year career, he has had the opportunity to lead 25 matches of KVC Westerlo. Nine times he was a guest at Het Kuipje.

Four victories, four draws and only one defeat. That defeat dates back to 10 years ago. That was the time when Bart Goor ran down the Westel flank with the number 44. Bart scored in that match but could not prevent us from losing that night.

For his provincial colleagues from Beveren, he was able to finish a game ten times.

He will be assisted by Nico Claes and Lennert Becquet and the fourth referee on duty will be Simon Bourdeaud’Hui.

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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