MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 15, 2014
Belgium's new Yank, Kenny Saief finds the back of the net for Gent while Belgium's old Yank stays glued to the bench in weekend Belgian Pro League action.
KAA Gent 1 - 0 Mouscron-Peruwelz
In a tightly fought battle in Flanders, it was Gent's latest acquisition, Isreali-American Kenny Saief who made the difference by hitting the game winner for the Buffaloes.
Gent's season started off well but after a pair of defeats by just one goal, the team bounced back in style with a narrow victory of their own over a very stubborn Mouscron Péruwelz side that has more French players on their roster than the average Ligue 1 team.
The home team dominated the first half and did everything right except find the back of the net. Some fine goalkeeping by the visitor's man between the sticks, Pierrick Cros made some useful saves giving his squad a trip to the locker room at the half with everything still to play for.
To change things up in the second half, Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck made a pair of 75th minute substitutions bringing on Belgian teenaged striker Benito Raman and 20-year-old Seif. It didn't take long for the Floridian to light up the scoreboard; seven minutes to be exact. Saief latched onto the cross coming from the right wing delivered by Thomas Foket and made it count.
This was only Saief's second appearance for the team, both from the bench late in the second half and with this performance he is hoping to see more playing time as he works his way into the starting XI of the team now in second place in the Pro League.
Gent will travel to the coast this Saturday as they take on KV Ostende, who destroyed the great pretenders Standard Liege over the weekend.
Sacha Kljestan kept his place on the bench and stayed glued there for the entire 90 minutes and watched Anderlecht throw away two points as they coughed up an 89th minute goal at Lierse.