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Latvia: Morale High

07 September 2004

The Latvian women's team head into their European Championship qualifying campaign full of confidence after their recent performances in Turkey.

The Latvians are in Group B along with Ukraine, Slovakia and Croatia, with their opening match against the Croatians in Riga on Wednesday.

Head coach Armands Kraulins said: "The girls proved that they want to practice, want to play and want to win. And they showed that they can win - the mood is very good in the team and our performance is improving all the time.

"We only lost to the Turks in the final minute. I was pleasantly surprised that all our girls were playing very well, and that we had a good performance even without our three key players."

Squad for first round of European Championship qualifiers against Croatia:

Evija Azace, Ilze Ose-Hlebovicka, Anda Eibele, Gunita Viksna, Anita Teilane, Gunta Basko, Ieva Tare, Anete Jekabsone, Anita Mikale, Elina Zike, Ieva Kubiline, Inga Kvasnika.

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