Aussie Cahill joins Belgian club board at Qatari request

August 24 – Former Everton and Socceroos star Tim Cahill will serve as a board member of KAS Eupen, the Belgian club announced on Monday.

At the weekend, Eupen defeated OH Leuven comprehensively 4-1 to prolong their stellar start to the new season. They top the league table after five match days and the Qatari-owned club are strengthening their hierarchy with the introduction of Cahill in the boardroom. 

“I am extremely proud and look forward to strengthening this club,” said Cahill on the Eupen website. “I already spent some time in this club before the season started, and also last year I followed Eupen from a distance.”

“That’s how I saw that the club has enormous potential. The staff work professionally and as one for the good of the club, which I consider hugely crucial to success on and off the pitch. I am very much looking forward to helping shape the identity of the club and to contribute to the good development and growth of the team.”

In 2012, the Aspire Zone Foundation acquired Eupen. Cahill is not without links to Qatar either. In 2020, the Australian was named an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup. Last April, he became Aspire Academy’s chairman for sports affairs, with the academy wanting to draw on the former player’s experience in the game and sports-related work in general.

His ambassadorial role for the Supreme Committee, however, prompted a wave of criticism back home given the controversies surrounding Qatar’s hosting of the global finals. 

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