Danjuma spices up Lowlands derby
1-1 was the final score at the Heysel Stadium yesterday in a game seeing WC bronze medalists Belgium take on Holland. Red Devils Vanaken and Mechele remained benched, and were witness to Danjuma's maiden Holland Start, even scoring a vital goal.
Weeks after scoring a tremendous goal on the CL stage, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld again showed the world his great skills. The left winger proved instrumental in his country's draw against Belgium, finishing a razor sharp counter after Castagne ball loss in midfield. The Dutchman thus became the first on a Belgian Club payroll to score against Belgium ever since Rob Rensenbrink back in 1976. “And it's going so fine at Club too right now. I can't explain it, but it just feels excellent. I'll be going back to Bruges now and keep working hard. Whether I would think it only logical to get selected again next time? I'm happy with my first games at Oranje so far!" Danjuma had already scored at the end of last season with Jong Oranje. Opponents back then? Belgium.
National team coach Martinez kept Mechele and Vanaken on the bench yesterday. The two eagerly joined Danjuma for a sideline shot with Club president Bart Verhaeghe.
A hayday for the Belgian U21 selection. With Schrijvers, Cools and Vanlerberghe in the starting XI, the Young Devils beat Sweden 0-3, earning them a ticket to the European Championships in Italy next year.
In the qualification rounds for the Africa Cup of Nations, vital games were in store for Sofyan Amrabat's Morrocco, and Marvelous Nakamba's Zimbabwe. A 2-2 was all that was in it for Morrocco visiting the Comores, while Nakamba also drew at Congo, 1-1, following up on a home win vs Congo. Morrocco currently holds second place in group B with seven points, while Zimbabwe tops Group G with 8 points so far. Both teams will have a good chance of getting represented at the Africa Cup.
Finally, Ethan Horvath watched from the bench how the USA drew 1-1 with Peru.