KAS Eupen awaits a home game at the Kehrweg Stadium against Royal Antwerp FC on the fourth match day of Play-Off 2. The match kicks off at 20:30 on Wednesday, 18th April. KAS Eupen will have to do without six regular players, so some of the younger talents will have the chance to demonstrate their skills and stake their claim to further assignments.
Regular players unavailable, an opportunity for younger talented players
“Given the large number of players that are unavailable, my team will certainly be under strength against Antwerp in terms of quality. But I hope that the young players who will now get their opportunity will do it justice with their enthusiasm and motivation,” KAS head coach Claude Makelele told the media at the pre-match press conference. For Claude Makelele, the play-off games provide a good opportunity to test the potential of young players under competitive conditions. “Now I can use players who may not be 100% able to play at the level of D1, but who can make progress in that direction. This is an interesting situation for both the players and the club,” added Claude Makelele.
Siebe Blondelle as captain
In addition to the suspended Rémi Mulumba and captain Luis Garcia, who is attending a coaching licence training course in Spain, Claude Makelele is expected to replace four other regulars who are out due to injuries. These are Mbaye Leye (hip and thigh), Lazare Amani (ankle), Jordan Lotiés and Mathieu Peybernes (hip). Despite their minor injuries, however, Jordan Lotiés and Lazare Amani are on standby for the match against Antwerp. Click HERE to see the squad for the match against FC Antwerp.
Veteran player Siebe Blondelle will replace Luis Garcia as captain. “He is a player who has performed very well over the last few months and who has made significant progress,” said Claude Makelele in praise of his Belgian centre-back.
600 Antwerp fans
The game between KAS Eupen and FC Antwerp has been classified as a risk category C game by the security authorities. The combination regulation accordingly applies to fans of the visiting team. Antwerp fans can only book tickets for the Kehrweg Stadium in combination with a bus trip to Eupen. 600 FC Antwerp fans have made use of this opportunity and will see the T4 guest stand well filled.
No backpacks and bags!
KAS Eupen fans can buy their tickets from 18:30 at the box office. An absolute ban on bags and backpacks applies to all visitors to the stadium for risk category C games. Handbags, belt bags and backpacks may not be brought into the stadium. This also applies to the business area.