Hungary: Ratgeber Rattled by Withdrawals

11.08.2004

Hungary women’s coach Laszlo Ratgeber has suffered major selection headaches as he prepares for the European Championship qualifiers.

Hungary travel to Croatia for warm-up games on August 16 and 17 but they will be without several of the country’s stars.

The problems started when Eva Seres, Timea Beres, Eszter Ujvari and Reka Cserny all rejected his call-up. But worse has followed.

“Anna Vajda's club (MKB-Euroleasing Sopron) has just informed us that they will only allow her to join us after August 29,” claimed Ratgeber.

“As far as I'm concerned there's no way she can join us that late.

“We started training with the other team members in the first week of August.”

It’s a similar story with with two other players - Edit Eordogh and Diana Fresz, from the Diosgyori KK club.

Ratgeber is also annoyed because the club did not give him an official reason for their absence although he is convinced it is because the clear that the Hungarian club wants the players to focus on the championship.

Under-20 representative Rita Varga, who recently joined ESMA-BSE, has been drafted into the squad by Ratgeber.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Basketball Federation general secretary Ivan Bodrogvary has warned clubs that they may be fined up to £13,000 for not honouring national team duty call-ups.


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