Aleksandar Trajkovski (L); photo:

Aleksandar Trajkovski comes up big for Zulte Waregem

Aleksandar Trajkovski (L); photo: vandaag.beAttacker Aleksandar Trajkovski scored a nice goal and played a part in another goal to help Zulte Waregem clinch a point in today’s 2:2 road draw against OH Leuven.

Aleksandar Trajkovski actually started the game on the bench for Zulte Waregem before he came on in the 57th minute replacing Jens Naessens.  His team was losing 1:0 at that point but only seven minutes later, Zulte Waregem made it 1:1 after Trajkovski’s clever pass reached Jérémy Serwy who was credited with the assist by setting up goalscorer Jonathan Delaplace to tie the game.  Then, in the 72nd minute, Trajkovski scored a great goal from about 25 meters to give the visitors the narrow lead.  However, Zulte Waregem only settled for a point after OH Leuven converted a penalty in the 85th minute to tie the game.

After 17 rounds in the Belgian top division, Zulte Waregem is currently in 13th place out of 16 teams with only 15 points.  The problem for Zulte Waregem has been too many draws as they have now drawn nine of their seventeen league games this season, the most of any team in the league.

Video of the goal by Trajkovski:

The good game by Trajkovski was kind of ironic since he just did an interview with a Belgian newspaper yesterday about the Zulte Waregem fans wanting to see improvement from Trajkovski.  Aleksandar told, “I came here to develop as a footballer.  For young players, the Belgian league is a good place to grow.  Talent is one thing but I have to work hard to showcase it on the field.  I know much is expected of me and I will try to realize those expectations, but it does take time.”

Trajkovski also said that he is not ruling out the possibility of leaving Zulte Waregem after the season.  He stated, “Like any footballer, I dream of making a career playing football in countries such as Spain or Italy but I must first prove myself.  At the end of the season, it will be decided whether I stay or go.”

The Zulte Waregem manager defended Trajkovski by saying he is still only 19 years old and living alone in an apartment that is far from his hometown of Macedonia.

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