In a highly anticipated fixture at the Roi Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, seasoned Super Eagles defender, Elderson Echiejile, is set to make his official debut for Cercle Brugge KSV in a Belgian second division clash against Royal Union St Gilloise on Saturday. The 30-year-old football stalwart, who recently embarked on a six-month loan deal from AS Monaco with a potential permanent transfer in the offing, aims to secure regular playing time to enhance his prospects of representing Nigeria in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Echiejile, recovering from a stint marred by injury during his loan period at Sivasspor, expressed his aspirations for consistent game time at Cercle Brugge, stating, “I joined the club to play regularly, nothing more.” His move to the Belgian club reflects a strategic decision to maintain competitiveness on the field and bolster his chances of making a significant impact on the international stage.
The former SC Braga defender exudes confidence in Cercle Brugge’s ability to secure a positive outcome in the upcoming fixture. Notably, the club has exhibited commendable form in the league, suffering only one defeat this season against Lierse in November 2017. Echiejile believes that the team’s performance in the Belgian second division positions them favorably for success.
As football enthusiasts eagerly await Echiejile’s debut, the clash promises to be a pivotal moment in his journey with Cercle Brugge, contributing to the larger narrative of his quest for both personal and team triumphs on the football pitch.