“He is taking steps”: we have been hearing from the sporting press for some time. And now, Kelvin John Pius (18), a promising talent from Tanzania, has made a real switch: from the reserves to the first team.

Kelvin John has been playing for Genk since the end of June. He had to wait until his eighteenth birthday, earlier that month to sign a professional contract in Europe. Before that, he had been playing for the prestigious Brooke House Football Academy in Leicester.

The countryman of former Genk striker Ally Samatta was part of the preseason with the first team, and then joined the U-23 squad. There, he has become a key part of the success of the young squad led by coach Hans Somers. Kelvin mainly plays as a right winger and has regularly scored goals from that position. He has also made a name for himself in the UEFA Youth League with several great performances.

All of this has recently earned him a promotion to the first team. Coach Bernd Storck had previously had Kelvin train with the senior side, during the last international break, for example. His adaptation has gone smoothly, and his development is promising. Now, all that’s left to do is wait until he plays his first minutes with the first team.