By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

71-year-old Pierre Kompany, father of former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has become the first elected black mayor in Belgium, after his list came out on top in the communal elections in Ganshoren, not far from Brussels.

Pierre is expected to take over office next month and preside over the destiny of a bilingual community of about 25,000 inhabitants.

Pierre moved to Belgium in 1975 from his native DR Congo, then known as Zaire. According to the public television station RTBF, Pierre Kompany was granted refugee status in 1982 before eventually gaining the Belgian nationality some time later.

His son Vincent Kompany took to his Instagram account to congratulate his father with a touching message: “He is the first black Mayor in Belgium. It had never happened before. It’s a historic achievement and we are all happy. Bravo to my father.”

Pierre Kompany started as a taxi driver in Brussels before taking a course in civil engineering.

“I am so proud of my origins! How can I forget where I come from? I will never also change the colour of my skin either…my children know their father’s origin,” he said on RTBF.

This is a great achievement for Pierre Kompany and his family who have become a household name in Belgium, after Vincent played for and captained the Belgian national team to top international competitions as well.

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