Anger in Antwerp: “We do not have 18 players for the final”


Football returns to Belgium, slowly: After the league was stopped due to the Corona crisis, the 2019/20 season will still end with the Cup final: champions Club Brugge will meet Royal Antwerp tomorrow (Saturday) and the mythological ex Lior Rapalov.

In a week, the new season will open in Belgium, but now a particularly strange situation has arisen around the game: four players have already left Antwerp (among them Steven Defor and Dino Arselangic), but other acquisition players who have come in their place will not be able to join the team. Meaning: Antwerp will go up in the game with a very short staff, and Raphaelov is very angry following the decision.

“It’s just not fair,” he tells the Belgian media, “obviously Bruges was the favorite, but now .. it’s much more. That decision hurts our chances. It’s one game and we’ll do everything, but it’s clear our ability to win has dropped drastically.” Coach Ivan Leko also added: “We don’t have 18 players for this game. Our guys can’t play, but a new coach does. Where’s the logic? You tell me.”

Antwerp and Rafalov finished the season in fourth place, until it was discontinued last May, by a decision of the association. The Israeli had a pretty bad season with 11 goals in 24 appearances in the league, and now, at the age of 34, he will try to add a title as well – despite extremely difficult conditions


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