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Vincent Kompany

Former Manchester City Captain Loses First Game As Manager Of Anderlecht

Austin Papi

Vincent Kompany left Manchester to become a player-coach at the top Belgian club, Anderlecht. However, the former Manchester City captain has lost his first Belgian First Division A match as player-manager of RSC Anderlecht.

The centre-back named himself in the starting XI but could do nothing to stop his side from losing 2-1 at home by KV Oostende, courtesy a late goal.

This was Kompany's first competitive game since leaving Man City in May. The game started feisty, with Vlap giving Anderlecht the early lead but Ronald Vargas and Fashion Sakala scored in each half for Oostende. This was a sign of early woes for the 33-year-old Belgian who signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club, Anderlecht, after 11 years at Etihad Stadium, where he won four Premier League titles.

Kompany had initially started his professional football career at Anderlecht where he scored five goals in 73 games from 2003 to 2006, helping them to win two league titles. He was given a hero's welcome by supporters at Lotto Park when the news of his pending arrival broke but his newfound role is not going as planned.

The likes of Thierry Henry, Patrice Viera, Gary Neville, and some others have ventured into coaching after football but have found it difficult to attain the same success they attained in their playing days.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, though, are currently holding their own in their respective clubs. Lampard was recently appointed manager of Chelsea and Gerrard manager of Scottish prestigious club, Rangers. How will Kompany fare in Anderlecht? Only time will tell.