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“Even with all the youth players we can be champion’

INTERVIEW

Albert Sambi-Lokonga, the new darling of Anderlecht

Anderlecht gives opportunities to the youth. That leads not (yet) to outcomes, but it is the critical RSCA-public mild. So is Albert Sambi-Lokonga one of the new public favorites.

“Even with all the youth players we can be champion’

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INTERVIEW

Albert Sambi-Lokonga, the new darling of Anderlecht

Anderlecht gives opportunities to the youth. That leads not (yet) to outcomes, but it is the critical RSCA-public mild. So is Albert Sambi-Lokonga one of the new public favorites.

“Even with all the youth players we can be champion’

Football

Jürgen Geril

BrusselHein Vanhaezebrouck can be an annoying boss. On training, he shows the youngsters sometimes play a game against the anciens. Hein hopes that the youth will triumph and that the older players in their honour are affected. So he wants to elicit reactions. Midfielder Albert Sambi-Lokonga (19) laughs: “One time we were 3-0, but in the final we gave the victory away. That is the lack of experience at the youth, eh.’

It proves what everyone says: the babies are at least as good as the key?

“The youth has certainly nothing to condemn. We are at a good level, but should still turn. The ball, learn to keep track cornervlag if we have the lead in the 90th minute, for example. Young guests always want to score, eh. That is a profession we have not yet.’

Can Anderlecht top results books with so much youth?

“Even with so many young people, I believe that we champion can play. On condition that we are rapidly learning. So I play now are already considerably more aggressive than in the past. Many young people are also more mature than you think. Look at Doku: who is 16, but in terms of physically, he is up front on his age. He is incredible. The youth should also continue to listen to guys like Kums, Trebel, Didillon and Boeckx. With a mix of young energy and experience is the title still possible.’

The fans are milder when you lose with a lot of youth. You are not prepared to the weakness of the core-cloak?

‘Vanhaezebrouck wanted that I stayed. It spoke of confidence, but I also thought: you call me a graceful footballer, but you ask me not to”

‘Who is on the field, deserves to play. But I think the fans love me. I am a child of the club, hey. When losing the ball you feel the disappointment of the audience, but it is an advantage if you’re trained, yes.”

You have the Anderlecht-DNA which they so crave.

‘I am not alone. All youth players represent the philosophy of Anderlecht. The ball to claim it, ahead of soccer and definitely not a show to perform. That last is my trademark. In addition, I have also never stress before a race. Why would I be nerves for what I can best: sjotten? I had more stress for exams at school, but in the meantime I have my degree in secondary education.’ (laughs)

And that while you trail here, however, is atypical. When the youth was never a certainty.

“I played football earlier in Verviers. A scout of Anderlecht was a team mate of mine, but I also fell in and so I was allowed to start here in the U11. To my voetbalkwaliteiten I doubted never, but I was very frail. In the U17 I saw my team mates grow and become stronger and I ended up in the team. When I asked for a conversation with jeugddirecteur Jean Kindermans.’

He gave you a speelgoedtrein gift.

“How do you know that? (laughs) In his office, Jean told me the story of the train. That was left with all my team mates in it and I had to try to be at the last wagon to jump on. I should not fall off, because he assured me that I after a period of time, however, my way would be found to the front of the train. I would be on the long term, even a train driver. To his vision of the force, he gave me a speelgoedtrein. That stands for always on my closet. I forget that story, never.’

In the meantime, you all rose to the eersteklassewagon.

‘Yes, perhaps. The train driver, I am not yet, but I’m physically much stronger now. My brothers sometimes ask if I pikuren you, because I grew in the past year were ten inches and won seven kilos of muscle mass. I am now even bigger than my brother Paul-José (Mpoku, eds.). My goal now is to be in the squad to remain as Kums, Trebel and Makarenko fit.”

Last year after Standard (3-3) called Vanhaezebrouck you certainly the future, but then disappeared you, more months out of the team.

“Well, the coach made his choices. I give honest, admit that I the past summer, even on a uitleenbeurt thought. I had speelminuten needed and hoped for abroad, but my brother recommended it. I also spoke with coach Vanhaezebrouck who wanted that I stayed. It spoke of confidence, but I also thought: You call me a graceful footballer, but you ask me not to. Fortunately, it turned out it turned out to be the right choice that I left off. Sometimes you have to have patience.’

Asked your brother not to Standard?

“If the results of Anderlecht disappointing, he says always: I’ll make a call to Bruno Venanzi and then you went to Standard. It is his favourite joke. Ever, we do want for the same team play , but not yet. Now timmer I have my own way, independent of my brother. My pa found it to be better that the one in the Standard sat and the other at Anderlecht. Besides, I have a brother, Fabrice, who is in third amateur football.’

Emilio Ferrera, who last year beloftencoach was, you compared with Yaya Touré.

‘Emilio trained Touré is still in Beveren, hey. Such a comparison is an honor, but I measure myself not happy with such leaders, who all have proven in their career. Trebel says me always: Albert, for you, I call to Pep Guardiola, so he you contracts at Manchester City. Adri sees in me his successor and the beautiful compliments, but I’d rather stay modest.’

Just like your brother Mpoku is the christian faith be your guide.

“It is the basis of everything. I know that you as an Anderlecht-player gets a lot of attention. I still have no girlfriend and so walking, some girls behind me. I will also go out if I want to, but that is all nothing for me. I am rather humble and go to church on Sunday. That is inspiring, to hear. So I went Saelemaekers a few times already. Though Alexis did more than I did. Have you seen that he have her now let it grow? It is funny project.’

Not to Anderlecht champion plays?

‘Who knows. That is not impossible.’

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