BACK IN TIME: BEERSCHOT - MOESKROEN 2007-2008
With Beerschot starting the 2020-2021 season in the First Division, we look back at our club’s history and turn the spotlight on a corresponding fixture from yesteryear…
Today: Beerschot-Moeskroen 3-0, season 2007-2008
WITH TWO GOALS FROM TOPSCORER SANHARIB MALKI
Our time machine takes us back thirteen (!) years today, to the 2007-2008 season when Germinal Beerschot finished in 6th place, played some finger licking football with a brilliant and outstanding midfield… and a top goal scorer with the name Sanharib Malki.
The Syrian arrived at Beerschot during the winter break of the previous campaign, settled in exceptionally well and started scoring from day one. In our home game with Moeskroen he netted twice, his 8th and 9th goal of the season, that wasn’t even half way at the time. His first goal after an assist from Tosin Dosunmu, number two introduced by Hernan Losada.
The game itself was one way traffic. Beerschot were by far the better team on the night. Our defense was faultless, in midfield Ederson, Cruz and Losada showed their technical abilities and up front Malki and Dosunmu created danger. The 3-0 win was obvious and ever so deserved.
Sanharib Malki scored 16 goals for Beerschot that season, which made him club top scorer. Two less than Joseph Akpala from SC Charleroi who became overall top scorer in the Belgian First Division.
SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2007 - OLYMPIC STADIUM
GERMINAL BEERSCHOT - MOESKROEN 3 – 0
REFEREE: Van de Velde
GOALS: 8’ Malki 1-0, 43’ Losada 2-0, 69’ Malki 3-0
BEERSCHOT: Steppe, M. Monteyne, Van Dooren, Dheedene, P. Monteyne, Ederson, Wamfor, Cruz (85’ King), Losada, Dosunmu (74’ Verhoeven), Malki (87’ Cavens)
MOESKROEN: Volders, Sapina, Teklak (65’ Palencia), Van Gijseghem, Grondin, Oussalah (46’ Fellahi), Toyes, Dugardein, Coto, Custovic, Tomou
YELLOW CARDS: Van Gijseghem, Oussalah, Tomou
Sanharib Malki started his career at Union St-Gilloise in Brussels. He was on Beerschot’s payroll for two seasons, playing 69 games and scoring 23 goals, then went to Lokeren and onwards to Greek club Panthrakikos. He then returned to the Lowlands and had two outstanding seasons at Dutch Premier League club Roda JC Kerkrade, where he scored 42 goals in 65 matches. That great scoring spree eventually led him to Kasimpasa in Turkey and Al-Wakrah in Qatar. Two good contracts with lots of money but not that many goals.
Because he held two passports (a Syrian and a Belgian one) Malki had the choice to play for either country on international level. In 2008 he was part of the pre-squad of the Belgian Olympic team for the Games in Beijing… but when that didn’t materialise he eventually opted for the Syrian national team, where he got 28 caps and scored seven times.
By Danny Geerts