Akpom Praises Gent Keeper For Stopping His Shot


Saint-Truiden of Belgium attacker, Chuba Akpom has heaped praises on the goalkeeper of KAA Gent, Yannick Thoelen, for stopping his goal-bound shot in last weekend’s league clash.

Though Akpom admitted he was sad not to net what could have been a ‘television goal,’ he is staying sportmanly by admitting it was a brilliant save by Thoelen.

Akpom, who is on loan from Arsenal, almost scored a goal of the season contender in Truiden’s 3-0 loss to Gent in the Belgian First Division A on Saturday.

He would have equalized for the visitors four minutes before half-time if not for a brilliant save by Gent goalkeeper, Thoelen.

A loose ball fell to Akpom on the edge of the penalty area, the striker used his strength and skill to evade two defenders before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot which was tipped into the woodwork by the goalkeeper.

Akpom wore the Saint-Truiden shirt for the second time against Gent since he completed his loan move from Arsenal in the winter transfer market.

Afterwards, the Hale End Academy product, who will play with the number 32 jersey for the remainder of the season, said: ”I reached full with my left foot.

”It was a good save from the goalkeeper, my compliments for him. Afterwards, Igor was still very close to a goal.”


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