CHRISTOPH Henkel, Director General of ASPIRE Academy-owned KAS Eupen, described the year that went by as amazing for the Belgian club.
“For KAS Eupen, it has been an amazing year, compared to last time. We won promotion to the top flight and have also progressed to the knockout stage of Belgian Cup.
The academy bought the club in 2012 and Henkel said it had been a win-win situation for both parties.
“Looking back, the success Eupen and Aspire made out of the deal is a very good story. We now have four players from Aspire Doha and 12 from Aspire Senegal. To develop own talents and become successful with a first-division team in Europe is really great.
“Our target is to stay in the premier division because it’s the best situation for our young players. The next matches will be very important,” Henkel said about Eupen, who are 13th in the 16-team league.
The official said the club was commanding a lot more respect from bigger clubs.
“The big teams in Belgium are more careful against us. We work a lot to get that respect. We’re in a very good situation. We know we can beat any team.
“We know that some of our boys are likely to get offers from bigger clubs at the end of the season. And this is one of the objectives of the players — to attract the interests of bigger clubs to develop and take the next step in their careers.