“My supervisor noticed that I could play football well”: From the shelter to the football field, 19-year-old Savion Berisha scores four times in one match for FC Hoogeinde (Sint-Gillis-Waas)

“My supervisor noticed that I could play football well”: From the shelter to the football field, 19-year-old Savion Berisha scores four times in one match for FC Hoogeinde (Sint-Gillis-Waas)
“My supervisor noticed that I could play football well”: From the shelter to the football field, 19-year-old Savion Berisha scores four times in one match for FC Hoogeinde (Sint-Gillis-Waas)
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Thanks in part to Savion Berisha’s four goals, Hoogeinde defeated KSC Lokeren-Temse B 1-4 last weekend. With these two consecutive victories, Berisha and co. to fourth place in the standings.

“At Vos Reinaert, where I played for three seasons, I once scored three goals in one match, but I never managed to score four goals in one match. In any case, I am very happy with it,” says Savion Berisha. The 19-year-old Albanian has had his first months at Hoogeinde and already feels completely at home. “When I stayed in the asylum center, my supervisor noticed that I was a good football player. Because I was only sixteen years old at the time, he looked for a football team for me where I would feel good about myself. Eventually I ended up at Vos Reinaert. There I played at the Recrea Mannen in Antwerp. Last season, Vos Reinaert started with a team in fourth provincial. It was there that I first became acquainted with real football. I had never really played football in Albania. I played at a gym, but nothing more. At Vos Reinaert I got to know the tougher work last season. In the match against Hoogeinde I ran into Marc Van Duyse and we started talking. So now I am here.”

More potential

“My greatest asset is my speed, for a striker and certainly for a wing attacker that is indispensable,” Berisha continues. “The fact that I have already scored five times this season proves that. I want to contribute to achieving our goal. We want to win as much as possible to, who knows, reach the title or the final round. Of course I want to take a step up with this team. It is nice to play football in Hoogeinde and there is much more potential here than at Vos Reinaert. It’s a close-knit group of friends here.”

“Not a bad word about Vos Reinaert”, Berisha insists. “They gave me the opportunity to become who I am today. Initially I did not speak Dutch, which made communication difficult. However, I adapted quite quickly and now I already speak Dutch well. As a result, the threshold has become much lower. I am friends with a lot of players here at Hoogeinde.”

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