Hard times for SVA Papendorp

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Tomorrow’s game between De Meern and SVA Papendorp has been called off. Papendorp have informed the KNVB that it can not find enough players for a team. This comes after a bruising start to the season where SVA have been defeated seven times on the run, including 11-0 and 13-0 thrashings.

Worryingly for the club, if they default for a second time then Papendorp will be thrown out of competition. That could happen as early as next week if Papendorp cannot organise a team.

The decision not to play against De Meern was because of a shortage of players who, after several heavy defeats in the past few weeks, did not want to train anymore or just stayed away. Not a very professional approach and one that does little credit to the club and shows a lack of respect towards their supporters.

Club coach Mustapha Talha said last week after their game against Gemert which they lost 13-0, that he was ready for a early departure from the competition. He thought they might as well stop as he had to almost force players who have not trained for two weeks to play. He felt the club was being laughed at from all sides.

They have conceded now 53 goals in just eight games, but are still only  adrift at the bottom of the table on goal difference. There are still 22 games to play. A lifetime in footballing terms.

What can the club do to turn this season around? They need players who want to play for the club, not weal minded individuals who cannot commit to the team.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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