Abdelmajid Bouali’s past two seasons have been about recuperating and getting fit. The 24-year-old Amsterdammer, who suffered a knee injury in summer 2019, left Borussia Dortmund. He has not been able to play professionally since. Bouali is now feeling stronger than ever. He is currently working as an intern at KV Ostende in Belgium. His impressions are outstanding.
By Chris Meijer
Photo: Abdelmajid Bouali
Bouali spent the last two years working hard to recover from his injuries. He didn’t have much time for rest or reflection on the previous phases. In the summer of 2019, he was already suffering from a knee injury that had forced him to miss almost the entire season. Interview with Zone footballBouali indicated that he was determined to complete his rehabilitation before considering other clubs. The final phase of his rehabilitation took him about a year. “The past year was all about getting fit,” Bouali says in conversation with Zone football. “I trained very hard, put in a lot of time and effort and had little rest. That ultimately resulted in the fact that I can be back on the field.”
A job at KV Oostende was finally available three weeks ago. The German trainer Alexander Blessin, who worked for RB Leipzig in the past, was told via via that Bouali was available and was looking for a new left back next to Théo Ndicka Matam and Robbie D’Haese. “He still knew me and asked if I still played football and what I was doing now,” says the former youth player of FC Utrecht, Almere City, ADO Den Haag and Roda JC Kerkrade. “The intensity is different here. I have played matches with Dutch academies and I haven’t sat still. I spent hours on the fields, in the park and at the gym. It is a world of difference compared to two years ago, I am fully trained and on weight again.”
“It’s going pretty well, the supporters are very positive about me and everyone really wants me to sign here. It’s still in the hands of the trainer. He is very positive. However, the dots must still be connected. It remains to be seen how or what.” KV Oostende will start the competition next Saturday with a home match against Charleroi. “I’m not in a hurry, but I would of course like to be eligible to play from the first league game. This feels like a reward considering my origins. After an injury, it is still possible to come back to the highest level.”
Bouali could be seen with KV Oostende if he does not make an appearance. In exhibition matches against Amiens, Royal Excel Moekroen, he was in the spotlight. “It’s a question of who gives me a contract first, because a number of other clubs have also called Belgian and French. It has been quiet in the Netherlands. But I’m having a good time at KV Oostende, so the ball is now in their court”, says Bouali. In any case, he would consider the Jupiler Pro League to be a good stage for his return into professional football. “Some of my friends also play in Belgium. Tarik Tissoudali was one of them. I have close contact with him. I meet them then on the field, not outside, luckily. As it should be, as usual.”