PhD student Ninove broke the spell and was finally able to win again after a 1 in 18. The visitors deserved to win, although goalkeeper Jacobs saved the furniture in the final phase. With Özkan, an extra reinforcement will soon be available. “I have been training for two weeks and I feel ready.”
The Ninove coach Alan Haydock opted for the attack on the Lisp with both Straetman and Romero at the kick-off. Deryck shot a first chance wide on a pass from Romero. After De Backer lost the ball, Jacobs saved the furniture on an attempt by Shala and Degallaix’s rebound. Romero’s header on Straetman’s free kick was parried. The strong Ninoof start was crowned by a header from Geenens. Ninove couldn’t enjoy his lead for long, because a little later Shala balanced the score with a striking free kick.
After the break, Straetman headed a Geenens cross against the nets, 2-1, but Nsimba brought the “Young Reds” alongside for the second time. The game seemed to end in a hard-fought draw, but Straetman still made it 2-3. At first the goal was rejected, but after some consultation Ninove was able to celebrate.
In the meantime, it is still waiting for midfielder Hasan Özkan on the “Kloppers”. The 25-year-old Belgian has Turkish roots and hopes to relaunch his career at Ninove. Coach Alan Haydock provided him with a place in his selection, but the administrative merry-go-round still turned out to be running. “I have been training for two weeks and I feel ready. It is taking longer than expected”, Özkan confesses, who broke through at KV Oostende. “I experienced the glory days of KV Oostende with Marc Coucke at the helm. I went to the Turkish first class via Ostend, where I had a great time. Playing football in full stadiums against clubs such as Fenerbahçe, Besiktas and Galatasaray is a unique experience. We were relegated at the end of the season, but those things stick with me. Nine months ago I became the father of a son and that meant a drastic change in my life. By the way, my son was born in Belgium, where my future lies.”
Özkan was welcomed with open arms in the Carrot City and hopes to be able to put on the green-black colors as soon as possible. “I got to know a great group and yearn for my first Ninoof playing minutes. The problem apparently lies with the Turkish football federation, which must give the green light. The language here is certainly not a problem. My parents are French-speaking, but they sent me to a Dutch-speaking school.”