By James Agberebi:
Croatia and KAA Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has been given an award for the most clean sheets in the just concluded Belgian Jupiler League campaign.
Kalinic’s award was confirmed on the Croatia Football Federation official website on Thursday.
Kalinic, 28, who is a teammate to Super Eagles forward Moses Simon at Gent, helped them secure Europa League qualification after finishing fourth in the six-team Belgian Championship Play-off that ended on Sunday.
He kept 15 clean sheets in 38 appearances for Gent last season.
Speaking on the award, Kalinic said: “This is the best award a goalkeeper can get, and it gives me confidence.
“The credit goes to the entire team, and I cannot compare this award with the last year’s Player of the Year award. To receive that fans’ award was also exceptional.”
In February, 2018, Kalinic was voted the best goalkeeper in the Belgian league.
He is one of three goalkeepers in Croatia’s 24-man provisional squad for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. Croatia will face the Super Eagles in the group phase in Russia.
Kalinic has made 10 appearances for Croats since making his debut in 2014.