With Gent’s Nigerian trio both starting against Genk, it was winger Samuel Kalu who outshone Super Eagles winger Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti after providing an assist and scored the match winner to inspire Gent to a 2-1 win over Genk.
Kalu was off the blocks very quickly, when he set up Birger Verstraete for the game’s opener with just 11 minutes played.
He and Moses operating from the Gent flanks continued to cause problems for Genk who did well to get themselves going after conceding early in the first half.
The second half resumed with the host trying to get back into the match, but cometh the hour cometh the man, as Kalu popped up to put daylight between his side and the opposition with a goal of his own in the 77th minute which put them 2-0 up.
Kalu has now bagged 6 goals and 6 assists for Gent in 24 appearances in all competitions, making it one of his most productive seasons. He was taken off in the second half and in came Anders Christiansen with 9 minutes remaining, then a goal from Leandro Trossard in the 87th minute set up a nervy finish but Gent held on for the win.
The win opens up a 6 points gap between Gent in 4th and Genk who are 5th with 50 points from 30 games to the latter’s 44 points from same number of matches