Six new players at Kester-Gooik after promotion to second national: “Hopefully we are sufficiently armed”

Women’s football Interprovincial KV Kester-Gooik

In the title fight, Kester-Gooik bit his teeth on Herent, but after a nice final round, they are still promoted. — © IF


In the interprovincial final round, Kester-Gooik was crowned final laureate via four consecutive away victories and was promoted to second national, henceforth renamed interprovincial. Coach Raymond Loose can already welcome six new players.

Wim Redant

Raymond Loose saw the final round start under a good star. “We won at Cercle Brugge with no less than 1-7. In the second round we went to Gijzel-Oosterzele, which failed. In the derby at Leeuw-Brucom we won 0-2. In the final we immediately fell behind on a visit to Kontich, but Glorieus and Vannimmen put things in order before the break. Jacobs scored 1-3 after the break and after a goal against Lissens recorded the 2-4 final figures. We never played at home, so our final win is a real tour de force. We do thank the supporters who filled a bus with every move and made this feat possible. Our goalkeeper Lisa Malfroidt moves to Ninove and Els Glorieus stops, but with six incoming transfers we are hopefully armed enough to compete in the second national.”

Sporting coordinator Lies Defrère was delighted with the double blow. “Our B team has already been crowned champion in the third provincial. Our A-squad took huge steps forward this season and put in a fantastic campaign in the finals. The group learned from the mistakes of the past and showed unbridled commitment. The trainers Raymond Loose and Marc Stiens also deserve kudos, because they got the best out of the players. This promotion is a credit to the entire club.”

Still a historic year

Chairman Pascal Vandercammen put his shoulders to the wheel with a new project and soon reaped the benefits. “We never hid the ambition, but the group handled the pressure very well. The team doubled down. We ended up at Herent in both the title fight and the Cup of Brabant, but thanks to this promotion it was still a historic year.”

Lies Defrère, meanwhile, did not give up on the transfer market. “We took a goalkeeper away from Ninove with Marte Michiels. With Lynn Cooreman, Wassana Singarah and Sophie Zambeaux, we snatched three players away from White Star Woluwe B. At Gijzel-Oosterzele, we took away Summer Rogiers and Justine Mestdagh. Rogiers tasted the Super League with Zulte Waregem and Mestdagh was trained at AA Gent.”

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