KAS Eupen will play its penultimate home game of the season at the Kehrweg Stadium this Saturday evening. On the 7th match day of the play-off round, the Limburgers from Sint-Truiden VV will be KAS Eupen’s guests for the game that kicks off at 20:00. KAS head coach Claude Makelele expects a highly motivated opponent who would certainly like to avenge the 3-2 defeat from the first leg. KAS team captain Siebe Blondelle hopes for a good game and to go out on a high following a difficult season.
Toyokawa, Amani and Peybernes back in the squad
Mathieu Peybernes, Lazare Amani and Yuta Toyokawa are three players returning to the squad after recent injuries. Yuta Toyokawa will definitely make the starting eleven, announced Claude Makelele at the press conference on the 7th match day. “I’m hoping he gives us depth in our attacks”, added Makelele.
While Mbaye Leye (thigh) and Rémi Mulumba (making good progress following shoulder surgery) will probably be out for the rest of the season, Mickaël Tirpan currently has a training deficit. Eric Ocansey is unavailable after picking up the third yellow card of this play-off round and goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen is currently in action for the U20 national team of his native Ghana. Young keeper Tom Roufosse makes KAS Eupen’s 18-man squad for the first time, in place of the Ghanaian. Click HERE for KAS Eupen’s squad for the game against Sint-Truiden.
Siebe Blondelle: “End the difficult season on a high”
For KAS head coach Claude Makelele, there is no reason to consign the season to history prematurely. “Although Sint-Truiden has a very strong side and will seek revenge for the home defeat inflicted by KAS Eupen two weeks ago, I am hoping for a good performance from my team. In any case, we must try and put the poor last home game against Lokeren behind us and show ourselves in a better light.”
For team captain Siebe Blondelle, the upcoming off-season is still not something he is thinking about: “Even if doesn’t always turn out that way, it is a matter of pride to want to put on a good performance in every game,” he said in the run-up to the game on Saturday night. “For the time being, I’m not thinking about the summer break but the four games that still have to be played. I hope we play a good game and, if possible, take three points. For us, it’s all about going out on a high after a difficult season.”
For the time being, no summer break for Claude Makelele
Coach Claude Makelele also offered a brief glimpse into the near future at the press conference for the match against Sint-Truiden, and told reporters that there would be no holidays for him after the final match day on 12th May. “Together with the sports director and the management, I will work on assembling a new team and ensure that we have a competitive team at the start of next season.”