SC Cambuur was allowed to smell a success in the KNVB Cup on Tuesday, but in the end ended up at the shortest end against FC Twente. The game against Go Ahead Eagles now offers the Frisians the chance to hit back with a victory for their own audience.
Cambuur has an all but quiet first half of the season behind us. The Frisians started with the necessary ambitions for the new campaign, but it soon became clear that they could be put in the fridge for the time being. This helped to ensure that the board decided to dismiss Marinus Dijkhuizen by the end of 2017. Sipke Hulshoff, the club trainer who was in the past more often before the group, then took over and under his wing it went a little better with the Frisians. It was generally known that the board was looking for a new coach and that resulted this week in the appointment of René Hake. The former trainer of FC Twente signed a contract in Leeuwarden for a year and a half.
Last Tuesday, when Hake was not yet standing in front of the group, Cambuur almost succeeded in stigmatizing in the KNVB Cup. In the away match against FC Twente, the visitors came 0-1 through a goal by Mathias Schils and that score was still on the board after 45 minutes of football. Just when Cambuur started to believe in a good outcome, the Tukkers hit back. Oussama Assaidi restored the balance again by scoring from the spot and later two goals from Adam Maher were added. Cambuur will now fully focus on the Jupiler League and try to close the gap with the top eight.
Hake will probably make some changes for the showdown with Go Ahead Eagles. For example, the coach will have to find a replacement for Nigel Robertha. The young striker, who scored five goals in the last five matches, was injured against FC Twente and his recovery will take about six weeks. On the basis of the last training, Ricardo Kip and Justin Mathieu can count on playing minutes. It is also striking that Cambuur has since said goodbye to Bryan Smeets. The midfielder hardly came into action in Leeuwarden and this week his contract was dissolved. From the new players Daniël Crowley, who was hired from Willem II, is expected on the bench. The recently recruited Kenny Teijsse will presumably not yet be part of the race selection.
Go Ahead Eagles tries to find the connection with the left-hand row, but that is currently happening in fits and starts. The team of trainer Jan van Staa, the practice master who succeeded the dismissed Leon Vlemmings before the turn of the year, has performed better in recent weeks, but that was not always accompanied by good results. Last week, the Eagles lost a visit to FC Volendam and because of that defeat, Het Andere Oranje flew over the formation of Van Staa. Go Ahead Eagles dropped to sixteenth place and that is a position that does not belong to the budget and the quality within the selection. The fact is that Go Ahead Eagles only managed to convert five of the 22 games into profit and that’s why Van Staa is working at the store.
Last week, Go Ahead Eagles lost, as said by FC Volendam, and that may be called rather unfortunate. The visitors managed to score three times, which should normally be enough for a result, but nothing turned out to be less true. FC Volendam trailed 2-3, but fought back well in the game. For the visitors, the extra acid that made Enzo Stroo the winning with only five minutes to play: 4-3.
The defense of Go Ahead Eagles swallowed four goals in Volendam, but that is no reason for Van Staa to move. The coach has already indicated in the weekly chat with the press that he will fight Cambuur with an unchanged team. That means that Bruno Andrade, one of the new faces in the selection, will have to start on the bench again. Joey Suk and Mauro Savastano were not completely fit last week, but they have passed the last trainings well and are expected in the team.
Insider TIP: Cambuur to win – 1.55