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Mbaye Leye gets first win as Standard Liege boss

• Senegal’s Mbaye Leye became only the third African international to coach a club in the top flight of a European league 

By Beng Emmanuel 

Mbaye Leye claimed his first win with Belgium club Standard Liege as they beat Waasland-Beveren 3-1 on Monday to end a run of eight (8) league games without a win. 

The 38-year-old former professional footballer who began his coaching career in June 2019 at his former club was named Standard Liege head coach until the end of the season. He was previously the assistant manager. 

Morocco’s Selim Amallah scored a brace while Congolese midfielder Merveille Bokadi sealed the win for the 10 times Belgian Pro League winners although their visitors got a late consolation goal in the tie. 

Standard Liege have moved to the top half of the table after twenty games played. The team failed to clinch a win in eight of the previous fixtures in all competition but have returned to winning ways after Monday’s home victory. 

Standard Liege face relegation threatened Cercle Brugge on Sunday. The last time they recorded back-to-back wins was in October 2020. 

Mbaye Leye won the Belgian Cup with Standard Liege in 2010/2011 and hopes to inspire The Reds to their first Belgian League title in 13 years.

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