|30 December 2013|
|Rumours of Aleksandar following Ales Pipan had existed for a while and have now been confirmed by the MKF|
The basketball Federation of F.Y.R Of Macedonia (MKF) officially unveiled on Monday Aleksandar Džikić as the new head coach of their senior national team.
The 42-year-old Serbian tactician, who is also the boss of EuroChallenge club Krka Novo Mesto and has previous experience of national team level as the coach of the U20 Serbian side, is replacing Ales Pipan in the role.
The Slovenian tactician had taken charge of F.Y.R. Of Macedonia in January 2013 but stepped down after September's EuroBasket, where the Balkan nation failed to advance to the Second Round.
Dzikic's primary goal in his new position, as set out by the MKF, is for the national team to perform well in the upcoming summer's Qualification Round for EuroBasket 2015 and secure a spot in the big tournament.
"It's a great honour for me to coach a team that comes from a country which loves basketball," said Dzikic.
"I don't feel like a foreigner here I will do my best to prove right the people of the federation that put their trust in me.
"What is certain is that there is a lot of work to be done, but we have time and hopefully this will be a great collaboration, which we believe will bring us good results.
Dzikic started off his coaching career in the 1990s in the youth teams of Partizan Belgrade and later worked as an assistant to senior team head coaches Nenad Trajkovic and Dusko Vujosevic.
The Serbian took the unusual step in 2005 of crossing the Atlantic to join the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching staff.
After his stint in the NBA he returned to Europe in 2008 to assume the reins of Olimpija Ljubljana and immediately steered the historical club to the Slovenian league title.
Despite delivering silverware, Dzikic parted ways with the Ljubljana club mid-way through the following season but this led to him making a big step in his career a few months later, by joining Olimpija's arch-rivals, Krka.
At the helm of the Novo Mesto club Dzikic added one more championship to his collection in 2010 and the following season he steered them to a famous treble by conquering the EuroChallenge, Slovenian league and cup titles.
Dzikic, who coached Serbia's U20 national team in the 2011 and 2012 European Championships, left Krka after the glorious 2011 season but returned last summer after a stint at Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas.