KVK coach Edward Still optimistic for the match against Anderlecht despite 1/18: “I feel a new energy in the playing group”


KV Kortrijk resumes the competition with a 1 in 18 against Anderlecht. The West Flemish club took a break by the sea and believes in good results. The Purple & White are in good shape, but that does not deter KVK. “It is a top challenge for us.”

KV Kortrijk has completely missed its start to the competition. They lost 3-0 on the field of OH Leuven. With this result, Still’s men entered the international break. “I thought we created enough chances,” said KVK coach Edward Still. “Ricca’s goal is a shame, but it was very difficult for him to score. Kadri and Ojo’s chances were easier, but luck was not in our favor. I still stand by my decision that Avenatti (Felipe, ed.) did not appear in the starting line-up. Davies had done excellently against Standard the week before.”


In the last two days of the summer mercato, KVK strengthened itself with no fewer than five new names. Many new players, so many choices for Still. “The board has done its job excellently. It was an uncertain period for everyone, but we still found the right players for the right positions. I am very happy. Now I’m going to have to make choices. Everyone gets a fair chance to be in the spotlight and it is up to them to show the best of themselves. When we were on team building at the seaside, I felt a new energy in the group. There is freshness and that is also due to the new boys. Cathcart (Graig, ed.) is a player with a lot of experience and is also older than me.” (laughs)

Graig Cathcart (r.) has tons of experience in the English Premier League and must provide KVK with experience at the back. — © NurPhoto via Getty Images

“I have a positive feeling about my group of players. To me, this doesn’t feel like a new start right now. Yes, we have 1 in 18, but at some times we earned more. Against Standard, for example, we should always have won. But okay, it is what it is. I am now looking ahead.”

Anderlecht in form

The in-form team will visit Anderlecht on Sunday. Not an easy match for a troubled KVK. “It is a top challenge for us,” Still said. “Kana (Marco, ed.) will certainly help in the run-up to this match. He knows Anderlecht inside and out and is a mature player considering his young age. With the support of our fans, there are always 12 men on the field at our side. I just know that they will be top again against Anderlecht. Let’s give them a good feeling to end the weekend.”

Newcomer Cathcart is doubtful for Sunday. Some papers still need to be arranged. Radovanovic, on the other hand, is injured and will not play against the record champion. Henen is training with the group again, but is not yet 100 percent fit.

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