Forsman-Goga Loves Home Crowd Experience

06 July 2009

Sweden star Cleopatra Forsman-Goga is hoping her teammates will be able to overcome Saturday's 79-48 destruction at the hands of Serbia.

Forsman-Goga played a huge role in Sweden winning their opening two games at the U18 European Championship in Södertälje.

She poured in a game-high 20 points but it was nowhere near enough for Sweden to avoid a heavy defeat.

"We have to put that defeat behind us," said Forsman-Goga to FIBA Europe. "I don't know what happened to us against Serbia.

"But we need to be more aggressive and attack the basket.

"I think we can put it behind us because we are a strong team.

"We can't focus on that game anymore, we have to look forward."

Forsman-Goga has already succeeded in making a big impression in front of her home crowd and the Sodertalje BBk guard admits the support form the stands gives her an edge.

"It's really great," she said. "It's a lot of fun.

"I have a lot of support from friends and family.

"It's good for them to see how I play against girls of my age that come from different countries.

"I like when there is a lot of people watching, cheering us."

Forsman-Goga believes home support will be crucial if her national team are to battle for medals.

"I think we need the fans a lot," she said." We need all the support we can get.

"We can go far in this tournament with their help and also if we do what we are supposed to do on the court, that is to play aggressive and keep our focus."

The 17-year-old, who is competing in her first U18 tournament, believes there is plenty of talent in the team to reach the podium.

"I like this team a lot," she said. "We have the opportunity to play in our home court so I'm very excited for the rest of the tournament.

"It's going to be a challenge but it's going to be fun."

Much of Sweden's hopes of reaching the medal round will depend on the continued fine play of forward Fahriya Abdi, who is the second leading scorer and rebounder in the team behind Forsman-Goga.

"She is very good," said Forsman-Goga. "She has it all.

"She is a very good defensive player.

"I really like to play with her a lot."

Sweden begin the Qualifying Round against Latvia on Monday.

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