Vincent Kompany named himself in the starting lineup for Anderlecht’s season-opening Belgian First Division A fixture and suffered his first defeat as the club’s player-manager.
Kompany was named new Anderlecht manager, along with duties as a first-team player, shortly after announcing he was leaving Manchester City at the conclusion of last season. Sunday’s game was Kompany’s first appearance for the club since he departed for Hamburg in 2006.
Anderlecht went ahead after 13 minutes, but conceded and equalizer just six minutes later and KV Oostende scored the game-winner in the 75th. Kompany played all 90 minutes.
Anderlecht’s fans welcomed Kompany back home with a banner that read “Left like a prince, came back like a king!” and scarves with his face and the message “Welcome home, Kompany” were sold inside the stadium.
With his re-debut — and first defeat — out of the way, the hard work and potentially harsh assessment period will begin very quickly for Kompany and Co.