Emmanuel Banda hits the ground running with Europa debut
Zambian midfielder Emmanuel Banda has wasted no time in claiming a position in the first team at KV Oostende of Belgium after he made his debut appearance in the UEFA Europa league against Olympique Marseille of France.
It was not a dream debut for the 19 year old attacking midfielder who came on in the 71st minute but could not help his club avoid defeat at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille when his team went down 4-2.
Oostende took on their more illustrious opponents punch for punch on their debut appearance in Europe and they were narrowly trailing by a goal at half time.
Two more goals by Germain who completed his hattrick in the second half were enough to sink Oostende despite Zimbabwean international Knowledge Musona scoring well taken lobed shot over the goalkeeper.
Banda was played in an attacking role in the midfield.
He signed for the Belgian side exactly a month ago and he will be glad to have been given a run in his team’s first competitive match in a stellar year for the lad that has seen him win the U20 Africa Cup of Nations before helping his team to the quarter finals of the U20 World Cup.
The two teams meet in the return match of the third qualifying round on Thursday 3rd August in Belgium.
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