Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
Keeper Sherif Ekramy and youth player Michel Poldervaart both admitted to being content after their first appearances for Feyenoord against Voorschoten ’97. Seventeen-year-old Poldervaart was delighted with his performance, which included an assist. ‘I feel good about this. I didn’t feel nervous and I am very satisfied about this.’ As to Ekramy: ‘It was tough, because I knew I’d have little to do before we started. It was a matter of keeping my concentration, which I managed to do.’
Poldervaart heard that he was to get a game during a training session with Henk Fräser Tuesday morning. ‘I didn’t believe it at first, because I couldn’t get my head round it,’ said Poldervaart, who signed a multi-year contract with the club just a fortnight ago. ‘It was brilliant to be allowed to play, eh?! When I was brought on I got so much confidence from it that I didn’t get nervous.. When I made Kuyt’s goal it was complete for me. This one will certainly stick in my memory.’
Nerves didn’t affect Egypt keeper Ekramy either. ‘I had already experienced the Feyenoord shirt, because I played for the reserves last week. That was a tougher match than this one. Today I had to keep my concentration the whole time. I was able to handle the couple of balls I did get. So I’m satisfied with my debut in the first team.’