Khimik Part With Players After Gala Fiasco


There has been a big fallout at Khimik Yuzhny following the club's dismal finish to the EuroChallenge.

After the Ukrainian side's 94-51 humiliation at Galatasaray this week, the team decided to part with Goran Cakic, Sasa Bratic, Marton Bader, Jarrius Jackson and Olexandr Korochkin.

Khimik finished the EuroChallenge Group F play at 2-4 and in fourth place.

In his interview with the team's website, Khimik coach Oliver Popovic revealed that he'd wanted to part ways with some players right after he took the control of the team in December but decided to hold on until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

"I can't say these players did not do their job well," he said. "But in order for us to successfully finish the season and do well in the domestic cup, we need a change.

"We are heading into our game against Pulsar on Saturday having lost our main guys.

"Only Andrei Agafonov, Olexander Kolchenko, Wykeen Kelly and Olu Famutimi are the experienced players that are left."

Departures mean that some new faces now have a great opportunity in front of them.

"We are calling up youngsters from the farm - they are getting a great chance to show what they are capable of," Popovic said.

"Because of the situation, we'll just try to play well in Rivne and a loss won't be a disaster.

"If that happens, we'll just have to do better in our next home game against Poltava on Wednesday - we'll try to find some new players by then."

Khimik president Serhiy Nazarenko said in his interview with the team's website said that the imports released had not shown the desire to fight for the team in Turkey, which helped him make the decision.

He also said he's aware finding replacement is a big problem and the players that remained will be under a lot of pressure.

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