Kenyan internationals Johanna Omolo and Aboud Omar Khamis earned a milestone on Saturday 28 July after earning starting berths for Cercle Brugge as the Belgian top-flight league kicked off for the 2018/19 season.
In one of the five matches that followed the opening game between Standard Liege and Gent on Friday, Sint-Truiden hosted promoted Cercle Brugge at the Stayen Stadium. It ended 0-0.
Also read Aboud Omar seals move to Belgian club
For midfielder Omolo, the Sint-Truiden game was his first in the top flight in seven years. He last featured in a Belgian top-flight game on 18 February 2012 while in the ranks of Beerschot as they lost 2-1 to Mechelen at the AFAS Stadium. He clocked a full 90 minutes on his return.
For left back Aboud it was a new journey as he marked his debut in the league. He clocked 88 minutes before giving way for 21-year old French defender Yoann Etienne.
Omolo joined the club in July 2017 from promoted Royal Antwerp and helped them earn promotion for this year’s league while Aboud who had troubled times in Bulgaria joined in mid-June 2018. Interestingly his debut came against a Sint-Truiden side that failed to rope him in during the off season.
As a whole, the Saturday game was the first for Cercle Brugge in the top flight in three years since a 3-1 hiding away to Lierse in April 2015. They have been in the cold since that season. The game also saw Dutch coach Anderson Lopez make his debut on the touchline.
Up next for Cercle Brugge is a home game against Lokeren on Saturday 4 August.