A miracle almost has to happen if Kortrijk Spurs want to get into the top five and earn a place in the Elite Gold. The PhD candidate must win at Aalst and Antwerp, but at least two of the three competitors Brussels, Mechelen and Charleroi must also lose their last matches. Jef Nolmans will make his debut as head coach of the Spurs on Saturday in the carnival match in Aalst.
The people of Kortrijk have fallen below expectations in recent weeks and that cost coach Christophe Beghin his job. His assistant Jef Nolmans takes over. “It feels a bit strange, because Christophe and I worked together for a year and a half and there was a match between us. We strengthened and complemented each other well. Then such a dismissal is a waste of time for everyone. I was asked to take over, and so I did. I’m not alone. Milan Torrekens, the coach of the B team and the U21, is standing next to me. He provides support during training and will also be present at the matches.”
Starting on Saturday at Okapi Aalst. “Because of carnival, the hall will be turned upside down. We try to prepare everyone for that, but such an atmosphere risks getting under your skin once you are there,” Nolmans realizes the danger. “Aalst found it difficult to gain momentum this season, but if you analyze their performances of the last two months, it is difficult to speak of ‘the weak brother’ in the BNXT League. They won against Brussels, beat Mechelen and only lost by two points against Ostend. It is clear that they are in a good period, but we go to Aalst in the belief that we can return with a profit.”
“I am not yet making any predictions about how the Elite Silver could go for us,” concludes the new Kortrijk coach. “Only Aalst counts, that’s the only thing we have control over. In the medium term we are not going to change much. We have to achieve consistency in our level, both within one match and over several matches. This needs to be improved in Aalst.”