In a turn of events in Belgium, KV Westerlo – home to SA forward Kurt Abrahams – has emerged as potential contenders for promotion to the Belgian Pro League for the 2020/21 season.
The Belgian Second Division is separated into a format of two halves the first being from August to December and the second played after the halfway mark of the season.
The two clubs who win each half then play each other in a two-legged playoff final to decide who will be going to the top tier of Belgian football.
Darren Keet’s OH Leauven won the first half of the season while Beerschot won the second which meant the two sides would go head-to-head in the playoff final.
The first leg of the playoff final was played and Beerschot beat Leuven 1-0 before everything was halted by the current corona virus pandemic.
Initially, the Pro league had contemplated with a decision of promoting both teams to the top tier but in the recently held management meeting which crowned Club Brugge as Pro league champions while relegating Waasland Beveren, the Pro league governing body has now decided that they will attempt to organise for the second leg of the playoff, but failure to succeed in that KV Westerlo, who qualify by virtue of having a top division licence, would get promoted.
The Pro league management released a statement which explained this turn around.
“The management of the Pro League will be charged to adjust the federal regulations regarding the players entitlement to play on the date of this game and not on the originally scheduled date. If the promotion final is not completed before the start of the new season, the club with the highest number of points in the championship of 1B with a valid license for 1A, that team being KVC Westerlo, will be promoted to the Jupiler.”
SA goalkeeper Darren Keet is with OH Leuven and will also be hoping that the playoff final is completed as he also hopes to get promoted to the top tier.
The Pro League is working with the Belgian police services to organize the playoff final for early August, but should that fail Abrahams and Westerlo will benefit.
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