Kurt Abrahams and Belgian First Division B, known as Proximus League returned to action last week Saturday after a three-week hiatus following a number of players within the squad testing positive for Covid-19.
As a result of the setback, Westerlo are facing two weeks of fixture congestion with the club forced to play four matches in a space of 14 days to catch up with the rest of the division.
On Friday, Westerlo were away to Deinze before hosting the return leg on Monday. Five days later they host Union Saint Gilloise to end the fixtures for the month of October.
Cape Town-born Abrahams also had to pull out of this month’s Bafana Bafana camp as a precautionary measure with his club simply exercising caution on behalf of the players.
The striker has scored 16 goals for Westerlo in the league since arriving from Sint Truidense back in 2018 and this season in the four games he has played he has not been able to break his duck yet.
Westerlo came close to securing promotion back into the Belgian Pro League last season, but they fell short in the second half of the season and missed out on reaching the playoffs on goal difference.
Many have tipped Westerlo to win Belgium’s second-tier league and gain promotion to the Pro League as the league has introduced a simple point system instead of the old school format that had the two clubs who have won both phases of the season go head to head in a two-legged play-off final.
Having shown glimpses of brilliance in the past two seasons for Westerlo many already felt that the striker was ready for the top flight, but he chose to remain with the club as he enters the last year of his deal.
Regardless of whether Westerlo gain promotion or not it is likely that the attacker will want to be playing in the top-flight come the 2021/22 season.
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By Prince Sobayeni