The Belgian First Division A soccer season was cancelled on Thursday because of coronavirus. There was still one more regular season game and the playoffs to have been played. However after 29 games, the season has now ended and a Canadian was the co-leader in goals in the league for 2019-20.
Gent forward Jonathan David of Ottawa, Ontario was one of two players to have a league leading 18 goals this season. The other was Antwerp striker Dieumerci Mbokani of Kinshasa, Zaire.
During the season, David registered a hat trick and had three other multi-goal games. He scored thrice in a 4-1 Gent win over Sint-Truiden on February 23. He also had two goal games in a 3-2 Gent win over Cercle Brugge on September 1, 2019, in a 3-1 win over Mouscron on January 18, 2020 and in a 3-2 loss to KAS Eupen on Valentine’s Day.
Gent finished the Belgian First Division A season in second place with a record of 16 wins, six losses and seven draws for 55 points. They had 15 fewer points than Club Brugge, which finished first in the table with 70 points.
Now the hope for David and Gent is that Gent will be chosen as the second team from Belgium that will compete in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League. Club Brugge will obviously be there, but Belgian soccer has not officially announced the other Belgian representative.
On the international side, David has 11 goals in 12 games representing Canada. At only 20 years of age, he would be eligible to represent Canada in men’s soccer at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the summer of 2021. First however Canada will have to qualify.