After a mandatory five-month break, the players of FC Emmen were finally allowed to wear the new match kit. For the time being, a kit without a main sponsor, although chairman Ronald Lubbers expects to be able to present it quickly. “We are in talks with two candidates and I expect to be out within two weeks.”
For opponent Cambuur, who starts the competition two weeks earlier than Emmen, the game in Emmen was already the third exhibition game. Henk de Jong’s men already beat Harkemase Boys (4-1) and PEC Zwolle (2-0).
It is therefore not surprising that Cambuur came out better in Emmen than the home club, although it did get at least three of the five goals in the lap. Lukkien opted for two ‘fantasy setups’ in the first practice game in the preparation. De Veendammer started with Stefan van der Lei, Desevio Payne, Nick Bakker, Miguel Araujo, Caner Cavlan, Benko Sabani, Michael Chacon, Sergio Peña, Anco Jansen, Michael de Leeuw and Sekou Sidibe. That basic formation could not break much. Emmen only played two chances before halftime. Jansen shot a bit wildly and the Belgian Sidibe, who came over from Young PSV, saw his bet turned by Cambuur goalkeeper Sonny Stevens.
Jansen and Bakker back, Peña to the side
Before and after those possibilities, Cambuur successfully pulled the trigger twice and Robert Muhren was the maker twice (in the 5th and 30th minute). The most positive of the first half, from FC Emmen side, was of course the return of two strongholds: Anco Jansen and Nick Bakker.
For Bakker it was his first performance since September last year and for Jansen it was his first starting place since De Graafschap in the 2018/2019 season. An extra blemish on the first half was the early retirement of Sergio Peña, who had to leave with presumably a muscle injury.
In the second half only Van der Lei returned from the starting eleven and Ferhat Görgülü, Keziah Veendorp, Aron Timmerman, Glenn Bijl, Hilal Ben Moussa, Simon Tibbling, Bas Aalderink, Nikolai Laursen, Marko Kolar and Robbert de Vos were the other ten actors . The initial phase of the second half was more promising than the first three quarters of an hour, but Emmen dropped far too many things defensively. Nevertheless, Nikolai Laursen brought the tension back by nicely chasing a free ball behind Stevens and so the Dane became the first goalscorer of the new season, after he was also responsible for the last goal of the past season against VVV. Shortly after the connection goal, in the best phase of the home club, Hilal Ben Moussa got the chance to score the equalizer, but Stevens prevented that.
After that it was doom and gloom at a tired looking FC Emmen. Cambuur ran through Michael Breij and Giovanni Korte twice to 1-5, after which Laursen again gave the home crowd a boost. With a lob over Stevens, he determined the final score at 2-5.