By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghanaian international midfielder Bennard Kumordzi says he has laced his boots and feels ready to take Thorgen Hazard as his Genk side face Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian championship play-off.
Genk open their title campaign with a visit by Waregem on Saturday to the Cristal Arena.
Zulte-Waregem are the bookmakers favourite with Belgian Pro League pundits tipping youngster Thorgan Hazard - Eden Hazard's younger brother, to cause problems for a depleted Genk defence.
Genk have lost their Senegalese defender Kara Mbodji to suspension and the lanky powerful Kumodzi will be pushed into space created in central defence.
Despite Hazard's immense talent and wizardry on the ball, Kumordzi is confident of applying the brakes on the youngster.
"I have played 8 season in Europe and mostly as a defensive midfielder so playing central defence is nothing difficult for me. With all these experiences after 8 season, I can handle him," Kumordzi told GHANAsoccernet.com.
The former Dijon man also played down threats posed by the Chelsea loanee, insisting his talent cannot march that of his elder brother at Chelsea.
"I played against Eden when I was in France and he is special. I have played against Thorgan too in the league. I can contain him."
Kumordzi played 27 times in the Pro League for Genk during the regular season.