Future Rangers signing Fashion Sakala played over 80 minutes for KV Oostende as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Jupiler League rivals AA Gent.

In an unorthodox kick off time of 13:30UTC on a Thursday, Sakala started up front for Belgian surprise package Oostende but saw his side fall behind after 14 minutes.

KAA Gent v KV Oostende - Jupiler Pro League Europe Play-Off

Future Rangers star couldn’t prevent his side falling to a 2-1 defeat against Gent in a match which kicked off early on a Thursday afternoon. ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photo News via Getty Images)

Ukrainian winger Roman Yurenchuk had Gent 1-0 up at half time and they would double their lead not long after the restart.

Belgian defender Bruno Godeau put Gent 2-0 up before Danish midfielder Andrew Hjulsager pulled one back only a few minutes later.

However despite having around half an hour to play Oostende couldn’t get that decisive equaliser and Sakala was eventually hooked on the 84th minute.

Zambian striker Sakala, 24, has agreed to join Rangers at the end of the season with the Ibrox side pipping a host of top European sides to the forward’s signature.

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Sakala himself admitted that Ligue 1’s current top two – PSG and Lille – were interested whilst he also confirmed La Liga sides and English Premier League teams had been in contact.

At the end of the day though, Rangers are the club which interested him most in his heart of hearts as the deeply religious striker was guided to Glasgow by the hand of God.


“Honestly, I had a lot of options,” said Sakala [QFM].

“But before making any decision, I always pray. And God showed me the direction to choose Rangers.

“I believe that’s the best decision that I’ve made. I believe it is the right decision because looking at how Rangers play, I will fit in quickly.

“The kind of style they play is almost the same way I play, and also how the coach explained he wants me to play is exactly how I play.”

Sakala – who has 14 goals for Oostende this season – also claims that Steven Gerrard had a considerable role in him moving to Ibrox in the summer.

Rangers fans are thoroughly delighted with the signing and have already adopted a pop classic in homage to the striker.

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