Many fans and spectators at Sporting Anderlecht wonder why Sambi Lokonga does not get his chance in Anderlecht since his excellent debut against Standard last season. "Just look at the players in my position to understand they are experienced players, that's why I was on the bench or on the rack," Mpoku said after his good match in Waasland-Beveren.
Same story on the side of Vanhaezebrouck. "We have a plan with him, but you have to know that there is competition in his position with Kums, Trebel and Makarenko, and he must know we have a goal for him."
"Yes, that's right, he told me he had a plan," acknowledges Lokonga. "He leads me, he gives me a lot of advice." Karim (Belhocine ed.) Also helps me to work on my mistakes, sometimes the coach tells me: If you manage to delete it, it will be much better if you have it. And that's what I'm trying to do. "
If he was playing Waasland, he begins to get ready. "Today I can say I grew up, I corrected my mistakes," he said with a smile.
It is the goal of Vanhaezebrouck's plan: "We prepare Sambi for Anderlecht to be a starter, he has the qualities for it, he has become stronger in the duels. Players are not fit, he will have more chances."
In view of Adrien Trebel's complicated state and Sven Kum's injury, Sambi could actually get his chance over the weeks and even days to come. "Yes, that's a good opportunity for me, I'm ready, but the coach has many choices," concludes 19-year-old.