Aspire's KAS Eupen shares lead in Belgian second division
September 05, 2013 - 11:08:51 am
DOHA: Aspire-owned Belgian football club KAS Eupen have started the new season in fine style, jointly leading the Second Division table with a maximum ten points from their first four matches.
Eupen won their first three games, but settled for 0-0 draw against fourth-placed (eight points) Royal Antwerp Wednesday night.
Mouscron beat Eendracht Aalst 3-2 last night and caught up with Eupen atop the league table with ten point from four games.
FC Brussels too have ten points after their 2-2 draw against Hoogstraten last night.
Konigliche Allgemeine Sportvereinigung Eupen often called just Eupen is a Belgian Association football club based in the city of Eupen in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, in the province of Liege.
The team, nick named Pandas, was acquired by Aspire Zone Foundation in June 2012.
Aspire Academy's logo adorns their black and white kit.
KAS Eupen began the season in early August with an emphatic 4-0 victory away to RBD Borinage, followed up the next week with a 4-2 win against KSV Roeselare.
Last Sunday their winning streak continued with a 2-0 away defeat of Royal White Star Bruxelles.
Belgium's national team is now recognised as one of the world's best, with several Belgians, including Chelsea's Eden Hazard, now plying their trade at elite European clubs.
Eupen's side comprises several graduates from Aspire Academy's 'Football Dreams' project, who were identified at an early age as some of the most promising footballers in the world.
The club is gaining a reputation as a hothouse for players aged under 21, including Qatar's Abdulaziz Al Ansari.
Commenting on Eupen's fine run in the new Belgian season, Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo, said, "We are extremely proud of the progress that the team has made over the last 12 months.
"Our intention has always been to provide an outlet to some of the Academy's brightest prospects in order to allow them to experience competitive football.
In a short space of time, these young players have already exceeded our expectations and, I am sure, they can go on to achieve great things in the game."
KAS Eupen face a difficult test when they play Anderlecht, the nation's most decorated team, in the Belgian Cup on September 25.
Anderlecht are currently competing in the UEFA Champions League. (QNA)