Division 1B Beerschot Wilrijk announced Wednesday their eighth transfer of the summer. Midfielder Faysel Kasmi arrives from the Irish Premier League team Waterford and has signed a season-long contract at Kiel.
At only 22, Kasmi has already had an eventful career. The Antwerp native of Morocco received the majority of his training at the Jean-Marc Guillou Academy in Tongerlo. Lierse, the club that collaborated with the academy, signed Kasmi in the fall of 2013, after which he quickly made his debut with the Pallieters first team.
Kasmi was later loaned to Standard Liege where he played only six matches in as many months. He had then finished the end of the season at Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus. Back at Lierse, the midfielder played more games for the Lisp residents before being transferred to Irish Premier League club Waterford FC. Despite twelve appearances for two goals and a contract to play in Ireland until the end of 2019, Kasmi decided to join Beerschot Wilrijk.
“I’m ready for that,” Kasmi explained on the club’s website. “Ireland isn’t the toughest competition, but I’ve become mentally stronger there. Moreover, as an Antwerper and former young Beerschot player, I feel at home. The interview with Stijn Vreven totally convinced me. We’ll go together in 1A.”
The Beerschot Wilrijk lost last season the final division 1B for promotion against the Circle of Bruges, after winning the first period