By Johnny Edward:
Anderson Esiti believes KAA Gent have two ‘cup finals’ to win if they dream of winning silverware this season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The 2015 Belgian champions are currently seventh in the Belgian First Division A table and face Mechelen on Sunday needing a win to be guaranteed a Championship play-offs spot.
Gent also have a 5-2 first leg defeat at home to Genk to overturn in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 clash at the Luminus Arena next Thursday.
“We were bitter after the Genk game but sincerely that’s behind us now we have two big games against Mechelen and Genk again to win,” Esiti, 22, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“Those games (against Mechelen and Genk) will define our season.”
A win for Gent and a defeat or draw for Sporting Charleroi who travel to Lokeren in the final league match next Sunday will secure a Championship play-off spot for the Buffaloes.
“I’m expecting a difficult second leg against Genk but we can achieve something great away in the second leg,” Esiti, who has played 28 games in all competitions this season for Gent, added.
Genk have defeated Gent twice this season in their last three games.