Anniversary for Ives Serneels, who faces a crucial diptych against Hungary

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The Red Flames will play a double meeting against Hungary this month in the jump-offs for a place in the A division of the Nations League. A crucial diptych, with a special edge for Ives Serneels. After all, the national coach is preparing for his 150th international match and will be honored for that reason.

The Flames will travel to Hungary on Friday, February 23, and will play the second match in Leuven on Tuesday, February 27. The away match in Hungary will be an anniversary match for Serneels, who will then earn his 150th cap. That milestone will be celebrated on February 27 in Leuven.

The KBVB praises Serneels as “the driving force” behind the professionalization of the Red Flames. According to the football association, his hunger as T1 of the Belgian football women has not yet been satisfied.

Serneels started his career as national coach on May 24, 2011 with a victory (1-0) against North Korea. “The milestone of 150 matches as national coach obviously makes me very happy and proud,” he responds to the KBVB. “But that milestone would not have been possible without a fantastic group of players and staff, and without the support of the top of the KBVB. But I will be so happy and proud when we bring this double confrontation with Hungary to a successful conclusion and ensure our retention in the A group.”

Janice Cayman scored the only goal during Serneels’ debut against North Korea. “Ives helped put the Red Flames on the map, with our quarter-final at the 2022 European Championship as an absolute highlight,” says the record international. “We owe him a lot, that’s why we want to celebrate him.”

Selection against Hungary

National coach Serneels also just announced his selection for the jump-off matches against the Hungarians.

Without any surprise, Serneels is counting on regulars such as Tessa Wullaert, Tine De Caigny and Janice Cayman for the diptych.

Goalkeeper Riet Maes (AA Gent) is there for the first time. Belgian number one Nicky Evrard dropped out at the end of last year with a hamstring injury. Goalkeepers Diede Lemey and Lisa Lichtfus are also in the core.

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If the Flames eliminate the Hungarians, they will play in the A division in the next Nations League. Where the road towards the 2025 European Championship is also a lot easier. If they fail to do so, they will enter the B division.

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