Amelie Depraetere (17) has gained a taste after first starting position in the main squad of Zulte Waregem: “I am gaining priceless experience”

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Amelie Depraetere was allowed to start in the cup match won against Anderlecht B and hopes for new opportunities in the next tough four-legged match in the competition. — © Bart Vandenbroucke

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What is good comes quickly. This is proven by 17-year-old Amelie Depraetere, who has made the step from the U15 to the A-team of Zulte Waregem in just two years. In the cup match won against the promises of Anderlecht, the Waregem native was in the starting team for the first time. Saturday’s home match against Genk is the start of a particularly tough four-way match for Essevee.

The cup match at Anderlecht B looked like a slog due to the ravaged field. A debut in the starting line-up that 17-year-old Amelie Depraetere will not soon forget. “Fortunately we were able to take the lead early in the match, because playing decent football became increasingly difficult on the heavy field. The most important thing is that we have qualified for the next round, because the cup is a main goal for us again. Last season we reached the semi-finals and we hope to at least equal that performance.”

Amelie Depraetere played for Essevee’s U15s two years ago. After a year with the promising team, she took her first starting place at the highest level last weekend. “I cannot deny that there was some stress involved,” laughs the promising attacker, who, under the wings of coach Kenny Engels, proves that she can also play on the left of the defense. “I am very happy with the trust I receive from the staff and teammates. I try to grab the opportunity to gain priceless experience with both hands. I get a lot of tips from my experienced teammates and they also support me very hard. I realize very well that I have to exercise patience and work hard at every training session to get even better. I still have to take steps, especially in dueling strength. This means that I will regularly be found in the fitness room (laughs).”

Pushing for Play-off 1

At Essevee the focus is now completely on the competition again. A look at the rankings makes it clear that it is becoming urgent to secure a place in the first six, which entitles you to participate in Play Off 1. “We are currently in seventh place, one point behind Genk, coincidentally also the team we are facing on Saturday,” says Depraetere. “This is a very important match on our own field. We have already proven this season that we can also make it difficult for the top teams and that should result in a three-pointer on Saturday. Three more tough matches await us afterwards with OHL, Ghent and Club YLA. In any case, we are confident that we are ready for the tough four-part event.”

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