Rangers’ Europa League opponents in bizarre forward storm


After turning up for training on Monday wearing an ANDERLECHT jersey, ROYAL ANTWERP striker Didier Lamkel Ze issued a submissive apology.

After being refused a transfer to Panathinaikos and being turned away at the entrance, the Cameroon international had taken the action.

Ze’s action offended the “Great Old Ones” fans – and he went one better on Tuesday by threatening to wear the Beerschot jersey, Antwerp’s fiercest competitor.

But the 24-year-old backed down with a tweet on his Instagram page on Wednesday as he seeks to save his future with the Belgian side hosting Rangers next month in the last 32 of the Europa League.

“Ze said, “I want to apologize to the fans of the club and the fans of Antwerp because they are fantastic and wonderful fans, and they have always helped me.

“Because my mind was somewhere else, it wasn’t easy for me to react like that.

“I want to apologize for this gesture, really.

“I don’t forget my teammates in the locker room, the technical staff that has supported me since I arrived here, and I’m available to the club if the new coach needs me.”

In his first press conference, Franky Vercauteren, who was appointed Antwerp’s coach this week as the successor to Ivan Leko, had to discuss the surreal saga.

“One thing is for sure, he [Ze] is still under contract at Antwerp.”One thing is for sure, he [Ze] is still in Antwerp under contract.


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