The summer break is over for the football pros of KAS Eupen. Following the medical check-up on Monday, KAS head coach Jordi Condom summoned his players to the first training session on Tuesday afternoon. A good 50 KAS fans watched the training session, in which Frenchman Nicolas Verdier also participated.
Nicolas Verdier: “Play good football with KAS Eupen”
The new arrival from KV Mechelen was officially introduced at the KAS Eupen press conference for the new season, where KAS CEO Christoph Henkel handed him the jersey, emblazoned with the number 99 on the back, made by new kit provider Nike. “I wanted to have 99, two nines, and I’d now like to wear it to score goals for KAS Eupen. I am very happy to be playing for this team. I’ve been fond of it since last year because of the good, attractive football it plays. The personal touch of the coach is visible and I like that,” said Nicolas Verdier to the journalists.
Nike jerseys in black, white and red
KAS pros Damien Mouchamps, Odeni George and Siebe Blondelle had previously presented the new KAS Eupen Nike jerseys in black (home games), white (away games) and red (as an alternative colour).
Qatar national player Abdelkarim Hassan joins on Thursday
Christoph Henkel announced another new addition to the journalists during the press conference: Abdelkarim Hassan, the Qatar national A team player with 54 caps, is expected to join training on Thursday as a new left-back for Eupen. The 23-year-old is on loan from Qatar first division side Al Sadd SC and replaces Fahad Al Abdulrahman, who is returning to his original club Al Sadd SC.
Further reinforcements for defence, midfield and attack expected
After Abdulkarim Hassan and Nicolas Verdier, as well as the Aspire newcomers Souleymane Aw (Senegal – back), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Ghana – goalkeeper) and Carlos Martinez Castro (Costa Rica – centre-back), KAS Eupen will be making further transfers for the new season: “We want to strengthen all the parts of our team, i.e. defence, midfield and attack. We are conducting the appropriate negotiations and hope to announce further new arrivals in the coming days and weeks,” said Christoph Henkel.
Departure of 13 players from the A squad
Christoph Henkel then named the players whose contracts at KAS Eupen expire on 30 June and will not be extended. Five players, Mamadou Sylla (KAA Gent), Guy Dufour (KSK Roeselare), Nicolas Timmermans (RWDM), Fahad Al Abdulrahman (Al Sadd SC) and Joseph Biersard (Hamoir), have already found new clubs. The sporting futures of Peter Hackenberg, Anthony Bassey, Ntuthuko Radebe, José Maria Cases, Raoul Kenne, Abdoulaye Sanogo, Phakamani Mngadi and Christian Brüls remain undecided.
With regard to the East Belgian, who arrived at KAS Eupen over the winter, Christoph Henkel said: “We would have liked to extend our cooperation with Christian Brüls, so we made him, in our opinion, an interesting offer, which he has not accepted.”
Christoph Henkel gave thanks to Peter Hackenberg. “Peter joined us in the year of promotion when we were 10 points behind the top of the table. With his exemplary attitude and his performance, he has given our team the stability necessary to finally achieve the promotion to the D1. We are very grateful to Peter Hackenberg.”