Bill Antonio delighted after scoring first senior goal for Belgian Pro League side KV Mechelen


Zimbabwe international winger Bill Antonio has expressed his delight after scoring his first senior goal for Belgian Pro League side KV Mechelen.

The 21-year-old former Dynamos star was the hero at KV Mechelen after coming off the bench to score the winner as his side secured a famous win Bill Antonio away at third-placed Gent, their first league win there in 12 years.

Antonio showed remarkable composure under pressure to slot home the winner after receiving a pass from Yonas Malede.

“It was a nerve-wracking end to the match, so I had to stay focused,” said the goalscorer in an initial response after the match.

“The fatigue was bothering everyone, but I was feeling fresh. I gave two hundred percent to the team, the fans and my family. Scoring the winning goal gives me a great feeling. I got very emotional after I scored. I felt so grateful to God, to my family, to everyone. After celebrating with my teammates and supporters I was laughing again. Mixed emotions, you know. Did I really do this?” I asked myself.”

Antonio also opened up on what went through his mind when Malede played him through?

“During training, everyone always tells me that I should place calmly instead of kicking hard. When I was face to face with that goalkeeper I still thought: ‘Should I go for it or just pass towards the corner?’ Luckily I made the right choice.”

For a young player playing far from home and scoring the winning goal against a top team, Antonio will have a lot riding on him.

“Will my mobile phone explode now? That’s not too bad, I think. And I’m not that busy with social media or regular media. In my home country Zimbabwe they will also want to call me or something, but I remain humble about it,” Antonio concluded with a ear-to-ear smile.

After an internship with the Mechelen reserves, Antonio signed a professional contract for two seasons in the summer of 2022 with an option for two additional years.

This goal brings the fast winger one step closer to the big breakthrough.


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