Hungarian Women Depleted

04.08.2004

A number of first-choice players were absent as the Hungarian national women's team started preparations for their upcoming European Championships Qualifying campaign this week.

Four players - Eva Seres, Timea Beres, Eszter Ujvari and Reka Cserny - rejected the chance to join up with Laszlo Ratgeber's squad for differing reasons while rising stars Anna Vajda, Nora Bujdoso, Zsofia Fegyverneky and Diana Furesz were also missing from the first day of training on Monday.

They have all been on duty with the Hungarian Under-20 team in the European Championship and will link up with the full squad next week.

That meant just 12 players were in attendance when the remainder of Ratgeber's squad met for the training camp in the south Hungarian city of Pecs.

After two weeks of training the team will play its first warm-up game in mid-August against Croatia, before embarking on a busy schedule that will see them play Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Serbia & Montenegro in the Judith Horvath Memorial Tournament.

Hungary will also be involved in the three-day Slovakian International Tournament at the end of the month before their opening European Championships Qualifying game takes place against France on September 8.

Hungary player Emoke Csakany said: "In the next few weeks we must maintain harmony inside the team both personally and when we are playing. To do this we all must follow the instructions of the trainers."

That might be easier said than done, however, as the temperature at the team's Pecs training camp could reach as high as 35C degrees.

"We're trying to survive these days," Csakany admitted.


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