Akpala at KV Kortrijk training

Former Nigerian international Joseph Akpala has been appointed as the interim manager of Belgium’s Jupiler League side, KV Kortrijk, in an attempt to navigate uncertain waters. With an impressive record of 90 goals in 286 league and playoff games in Belgium, Akpala is well-acquainted with Belgian football from his successful spells at Club Brugge, Royale Charleroi, and KV Oostende, and brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Akpala previously served as an assistant to Veertien Speelers at KV Kortrijk, and as the team commences training, the responsibility of guiding the squad has temporarily been entrusted to him until a permanent coach is appointed.

KV Kortrijk finds itself in a state of flux as wealthy Malaysian Vincent Tan seeks to offload the club. Since the end of April, the absence of a head coach, chairman, and manager has left KV Kortrijk without clear leadership. The void in leadership, combined with the uncertainty surrounding a potential change in ownership, has raised numerous questions among players and fans alike. In an effort to allay concerns, interim trainer Joseph Akpala emphasizes the importance of remaining positive, stating, “We can’t afford to be negative; it won’t alter the situation.” Akpala exudes confidence in the club’s determination to secure its future, expressing belief that decisions regarding a new owner and coach may be imminent. Despite the unrest stemming from the potential sale, KV Kortrijk boasts a strong commercial foundation, offering hope for stability and a prosperous future.

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