With the remainder of the season kicking off tonight, I thought I’d write about somebody all of Belgian football would know about over the past decade. Once top goalscorer back in 2013/14 with Lokeren, he’ll hope to continue to find the back of the net with age.
Hamdi Harbaoui has had a topsy turvy season and thankfully for him, the Tunisian will be glad it will continue in terms of minutes played. Starting the season in Italy at Udinese, he played zero minutes with the Italian side before coming back to Belgium with a stellar move to Anderlecht. Not that it was hell in Italy as he’d only just joined, he’ll maybe feel less homesick and comfortable back in Belgium.
This is where I think it may not have been as great for him. After scoring on his second appearance for the team from Brussels, he only managed 8 appearances and managed 174 minutes in total in the Pro League. His saviour… Charleroi.
The 32 year old probably missed out on league starts due to the impact Lukasz Teodorczyk has made for Les Mauves, which is understandable really, but Charleroi knew what they were doing snapping up a potent and reliable front man to see them into Play Off 1. Playing every minute for Les Zèbres, he has helped the team maintain their 6th place finish and in terms of minutes played, he has managed 810 minutes in comparison.
Harbaoui has pitched in with 3 goals in 9 starts for Charleroi since joining, including one against this weekends opponents Oostende. I’m sure he’ll feel refreshed and raring to go after all Pro League teams took a break from league football recently.
Speaking of this weekends opponents, Charleroi have managed to do the double over De Kustboys already this season, with both matches finishing 2-1, and with the match being at the Stade du Pays De Charleroi, I’m sure the home side will definitely fancy their chances of getting 3 points and maybe a goal from Harbaoui along the way will help!