11 Jan 2018 - 0:00
Aspire hosts KAS Eupen for winter camp
Doha: The Belgian Pro League side KAS Eupen, which is owned by Aspire Zone Foundation, is visiting Qatar for the team’s fourth consecutive winter training camp at Aspire Academy, in preparation for the second half of the 2017-2018 season.
The training camp started on Monday and will last until January 15.
With a squad of 24 players, including the Qatari international Abdulkarim Hassan, the Belgian team features a number of Aspire Academy graduates, including the Abdollah Ali Saei and Ahmed Homam Elamin.
Their fellow Qatari team-mates at Eupen, Akram Afif, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, Youssef Aymam Farahatand and Assim Madibo, are currently away with Qatar’s U-23 team at the U-23 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championships in China.
The team features a couple new players such as: 23-year-old Japanese striker Yuta Toyokawa, who transferred from Leeds United on loan, and 26-year-old Ivorian, Mamadou Kone, who previously played for Deportivo Leganes in Spain.
Claude Makelele, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder who took over from Jordi Auli as KAS Eupen coach last November, is leading his team at Aspire Academy for the first time.
Commenting on their training camp at Aspire Academy, KAS Eupen-Director General Christoph Henkel said: “The training camp is a good opportunity to integrate the new players and we have already seen in the last couple of days that our new joiners have good characters that fit perfectly with the rest of the team.”
During their time in Qatar, KAS Eupen will play a friendly match January 14 against Chinese Super League side, Guangzhou Evergrande, who are also holding their mid-season training camp at the Academy.