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The winger of Congolese descent has already scored 11 goals in his last 13 league outings with the Smurfs this season.
Genk defeated KV Kortrijk 2-0 in the Belgian First Division A match on Saturday. Theo Bongonda found the net.
The 25-year-old’s effort guaranteed victory for John van den Brom’s men after Gerardo Arteaga had given them an early lead at Luminus Arena.
Still sore following their 1-0 loss to Anderlecht on December 11, Genk started the game on a flying note, scoring just 45 seconds after kickoff through Arteaga.
The Mexican defender passed goalkeeper Marko Ilic after receiving a heel pass from Paul Onuachu.
That effort was a sign of better things to come for the hosts, although they couldn’t get any more goals.
In the 25th minute, Onuachu came close to scoring after heading off a rebound from Daniel Muñoz’s opening shot off the crossbar.
The Nigerian international, who was aiming for his 15th goal of the season, came back shortly before the hour, forcing a save from Ilic thanks to a Bogonda cross.
Kortrijk had few chances, yet he couldn’t get past the Smurfs’ solid bottom line, while goalkeeper Danny Vukovic also put in a commendable performance.
At 12 minutes from full time, Bongonda guaranteed all three points for the hosts when he huddled against the boys’ wall with a beautiful free kick that was unstoppable for Ilic.
With that goal, the former Belgian youth international has now scored 11 goals in his last 13 matches, propelling Genk to second place on the record after scoring 34 points from 17 matches, two points behind leading Club Brugge who host Gent on Sunday.
Bogonda, 25, along with Onuachu and Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi were in action from start to finish. Whereas, Cyriel Dessers was an unused substitute.
For the visitors, Faiz Selemani from the island of Comoros, Ghanaian striker Eric Ocansey and Belgian striker of Congolese origin Ilombe Mboyo were involved throughout with Senegalese star Pape Habib Gueye giving way to Michiel Jonckheere in the 61st minute.
Mali’s Sambou Sissoko was an unused substitute, while Gambia’s Muhammed Bademosi was not included for the match.
Genk will host Waasland-Beveren on December 27, while Gent will look forward to getting back on the winning track when Gent is welcomed to the Guldensporenstadion the day before.