After playing 13 league games without scoring this season in the Belgian Pro Division B for KV Westerlo, South African striker Kurt Abrahams finally broken his goal scoring duck in the league.
The goal came against a stubborn Club Brugge U23 side who gave everything in the encounter, but experience and determination paid off for the promotion chasers as they won 2-1 on Friday night.
Abrahams started and played the entire game on the day.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 19th minute of the game courtesy of a strike from teenager Thibo Beeten, but the hosts pulled one back 10 minutes later thanks to a beautifully strike by Abrahams who has become a leading figure for the Belgian side upfront.
Lukas Eenoo put the hosts ahead in the 67th minute of the game and Westerlo then weathered the storm with Brugge throwing men forward in numbers looking for the equalizer. There was drama late in the game as Westerlo midfielder Kader Keita was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the game. The hosts had to make a few tactical changes to defend the result and ensure that they go home with maximum points.
The battle for promotion is heating up between Westerlo, Royale Union Saint Gilloise and RFC Seraing in the top half of the table.
The rules for promotion have been changed in Belgium. Instead of the old system where the teams who win the two halves of the season played each other in a play-off final, now the winners of the entire season win automatic promotion and the team which finishes second go into a promotion play-off final against the team which finished in 17th place in the top-flight.
Abrahams has been playing regular first team football for the past three seasons and he has scored 17 goals for the club since 2018. Promotion to the top-flight would be a big achievement for Westerlo as they have played in the top-flight for years before relegation a few seasons ago.
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By Prince Sobayeni