Slovakia: Much Work Still To Do

30.08.2004

Slovakia coach Uegen Kovacik is pleased with the way his side is developing but admits there is still plenty to do before their opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on September 11.

Slovakia finished third out of four in this weekend's international tournament in Amsterdam after picking up two wins and a defeat in their three matches.

BC Amsterdam finished in first place, Belgium were second and Holland were fourth.

Kovacik revealed the matches had shown him a lot about his side and where they need to improve.

"We played three very close games in this tournament which have been decided in the last minutes," he said.

"The tournament was good preparation for our players before the beginning of qualification. It was a good test of their mental stability. This tournament showed us where we are weak and there is a lot of work in front of us. We did not play as good on offence as we want."

He added: "There are other friendly games in front of us and I have to remember that we played without five important players - Martin Rancik, Marek Andruska, Daniel Novak, David Toya and Peter Prazdnovsky."

Slovakia have been drawn alongside Malta, Ireland and the Swiss in Group B of the European Championship qualifying Division B.


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