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Guy Muya (BEL) 2013 EuroBasket Men Qualifying Round, Belgium v Albania
02/07/2013
BEL - Muya buoyant

ANTWERP (EuroBasket/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Guy Muya ended the season on a high with Mons-Hainaut and now he is looking to enjoy a successful run with Belgium's national team.

The Lions will play in the EuroBasket for the second time in a row.

They will compete in Group A against France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel and Ukraine.

In 2011, the team had high hopes but lost star man Axel Hervelle to injury right before the start of the tournament and they fell in all five of their games.

Muya says he and his teammates will have every chance to do well in Slovenia.

"I am convinced that we have a good card to play," he said.

"We must go to Slovenia to reach the second round.

"This is realistic, even if other nations have similar qualities that we possess."

Muya doesn't have to worry about where he will be playing next year.

"I re-signed for one year with Mons-Hainaut," he said.

"I feel good and most importantly, I feel that gives me even more confidence."

Muya had an minor operation on his ankle after the season and expects to be ready when Belgium's players start to get ready for the EuroBasket.

Hervelle, meanwhile, is in the preliminary squad as well as veteran center Tomas Van den Spiegel.

Sam Van Rossom, who had an outstanding season with CAI Zaragoza in Spain, is also in the group.

Others in the Eddy Casteels-coached squad are: Lionel Bosco, Maxime De Zeeuw, Thomas Dreesen, Yannick Driesen, Pierre Antoine Gillet, Amaury Gorgemans, Ioann Iarochevitch, Amaury Jadin, Matt Lojeski, Niels Marnegrave, Sacha Massot, Roel Moors, Wen Mukubu, Jean Mwema, Maarten Rademakers, Jean Salumu, Quentin Serron, Jorn Steinbach and Jonathan Tabu.

Something that Belgium have decided to do this summer in stark contrast to two years ago is not travel as much in the preparations.

In 2011, the team went to the United States and Canada, and then Germany and France, as part of their build-up.

This time, Belgium will have an early trip to Lithuania and then later go to Turkey but the travelling won't be as much.

The EuroBasket serves as a qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

In Slovenia, six spots for next year’s big tournament are up for grabs.

FIBA

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