The national promises of Johan Walem prepare for a crucial week with the view to qualification for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019. “We have beautiful things to show, but we know what we need to do,” said Dodi Lukebakio Wednesday at the national training centre in Tubize.
The young Devils play Friday (18h) a uitduel against Malta. On september 11 follows, in Budapest, the confrontation with Hungary. The troops of Johan Walem can not slip afford. After seven games, the Belgian promises with 17/21 together with Sweden (also 17/21) to the lead in qualifying group 6. Malta (last with 0/21) and Hungary (third party 11/21) are all turned off.
“We have all the cards in their hands to this generation to make an impression. We are waiting since 2008 (with a fourth place at the Olympic Games in Beijing, ed.)”, thus Lukebakio, this season appearances for Fortuna Düsseldorf. “The matches that are coming, are very important. We are not allowed to light recording, there are too many examples from the past that demonstrate that all the matches are crucial. The two tricky movements, but the team is well prepared.”
Alexis Saelemaekers, new at the beloftenselectie, praises the quality of the group. “It’s very family-friendly, there is no barrier. Everyone talks with everyone, we laugh a lot. That facilitates the integration”, explained the right back of RSC Anderlecht.
Only the group winners will position itself directly for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in Italy and San Marino, that if kwalificatietornooi for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
After the parties against Malta and Hungary awaits the young Devils on October 16, the possible decisive duel on the last day, in and against Sweden. Last year, the Swedish in Leuven the team of Walem at 1-1.