Posted on July 24, 2016

Preparations for the new season continue for Aspire Zone Foundation owned Belgian club KAS Eupen as they prepare for life in Belgium’s top league. The newly promoted side recently faced-off against Spanish La Liga side, Málaga CF, losing a hard-fought 2-3 game in Eupen. The game is the latest in a number of pre-season friendlies that have also seen the team play against teams including VfL Bochum and Lommel United.

The team put in a strong, committed performance during a closely fought and competitive match with lots of good attacking and counter-attacking play. Both sides created some excellent chances and had plenty of opportunities in front of goal. Despite a committed performance from KAS Eupen, Málaga CF secured victory with a last minute goal. Goals from Onyekuru (29’), Keko Gontán (51’), and Jony (90’) ensured a narrow 3-2 win for the visiting team from Spain that finished 8th in the 2015-16 season of Spain’s top league.

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A number of KAS Eupen players put in impressive performances during the game. Amongst them was Aspire Academy graduate Fahad Al-Abdulrahman Shnin, who made a huge contribution last year in helping the team secure promotion to the JupilerPro League. He played for a full 85 minutes against the Spanish side, making a significant contribution in defenceFollowing a string of excellent performances, KAS Eupen secured promotion to the Belgian Football First Division (JupilerPro League) at the end of the 2015/2016 season. The Pandas are returning to the top division of Belgian football for the first time since 2010/2011. The club has assembled a strong team of talented players including a number of graduates from Aspire Academy, and look set to be strong competitors in the coming season.