Kovacik Takes Aim At Medal

12.09.2003

From PA International, Bratislava

Slovakia’s results have been poor this summer but coach Peter Kovacik is certain his players can compete for a medal at the European Championships.

The Slovaks have won only three of their 12 friendlies.

“They’re unimportant,” Kovacik said. "We wanted to test all candidates for a place in our national team.

“We started with 24 players in the beginning and we have done everything to be in the best shape for the European Championships.

“We are going to Greece with the best players who were interested in playing for the national team.”

Slovakia are already in Greece so they can play three more friendlies before the championships tip off on September 19.

The games should, even though meaningless, give a good indicator of how far the team can go once the tournament starts.

They face France in the first friendly on Friday, then take on the Greeks and Belgium the following two days.

Kovacik then takes his players into the match which does mean something - a daunting game against against Russia on the opening day of the championships.

“I think that the biggest (title) favourites are Russia and Czech Republic but France and Spain have very good teams as well," he said.

Slovakia Squad for European Championships: Monika Barenyiova (without club), Bronislava Borovickova (USK Praha), Zuzana Zirkova (Gambrinus Brno), Andrea Belanska (UMB Banska Bystrica), Daniela Cikosova (MBK SCP Ruzomberok), Martina Luptakova (Basket Calais), Agnesa Nagyova (without club), Lucia Laskova (MBK SCP Ruzomberok), Jana Lichnerova (ZTE Zalaegerzeg), Renata Hirakova (without club), Alena Kovacova (Gambrinus Brno), Marie Ruzickova (GYSEV Sopron).


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