The rumours did not seem to trouble Sporting Lokeren against Lierse SK, although the modest Antwerp club did not make a big impression. Lokeren took it 2-0 after first-half goals by Mijat Maric (penalty) and newcomer Beshart Abdurahimi on a counter-attack.
Peter Maes made Lokeren a regular top-7 club in the past 3 years and steered the club to 2 Cup victories. KRC Genk, who are desperately seeking a new coach, had their mind set on Peter Maes, a man who hails from Limburg, but it looks as if the former goalkeeper will stay with Lokeren after Chairman Lambrecht (small photo with Maes) made a big financial effort to strengthen the squad.
Maes was happy with the win and will now concentrate fully on the European League where Lokeren bump into Hull City. "We are growing as a team. I think we can take the Hull challenge with confidence. I am curious to see how far we will get there."
KRC Genk remain in the doldrums
In other action, KRC Genk remain in the doldrums, being kept to 1-1 in Kortrijk. Ostend beat KV Mechelen 2-0 while the clash between the two bottom clubs, Waasland-Beveren and Charleroi, ended in a draw (2-2). It was the first point in 4 matches for Charleroi, who remain bottom. Waasland are just above them with 2 points.