The 1993/1994 season went into the books as a memorable one for NEC. The team from Nijmegen defeated Ajax in the semi-final of the KNVB Cup and managed to get promotion to the Eredivisie at the end of the season. Carlos Aalbers, now head scout of AZ, was one of the experienced forces at the NEC.
“Normally you could always wear better running shoes if you played against Ajax, because you only ran after the ball”, Aalbers starts talking to De Cceit, thinking back to the cup match. “But that day we just participated against the big Ajax with Van der Sar, Blind, Frank de Boer, Overmars, Seedorf, Davids, you name it. I remember that in the final phase they also introduced Nwankwo Kanu to force something, but they couldn‘t do that anymore.”
NEC will be in front of the semi-final of the KNVB Cup, if there are won on Wednesday from VVV-Venlo. In this, Vitesse is the possible opponent. Kees van Wonderen, who also played for NEC in the 1993/1994 season, thinks it will be difficult. “It will be very difficult, but it is by no means impossible. VVV is a physically strong team and they have won Almere City, one of the stronger teams in the Cup with 4-1, but they can also have a lesser day.”
The competition between NEC and VVV will be finished on Wednesday at Heracles Almelo’s Erve Asito. Kick-off: 4:30 p.m.