Basketball: Oleg Meleschenko is no longer Slovakia’s coach, SBA fired him

BRATISLAVA. On Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the Slovak Basketball Federation (SBA) fired the national men’s team head coach, Oleg Melesčenko, over the team’s unsatisfactory performance in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.

“The SBA Executive Committee is convinced that the national team should be given a new boost for the 2nd pre-qualifying round for the European Championship 2025.

The executive committee entrusted the coordinator of the men’s division of the SBA, Michal Ondruš, to submit a proposal of candidates for the position of head coach of the men’s team in the shortest possible time.

We believe in a favorable draw for Group D, where our men’s national team will definitely meet North Macedonia,” the SBA press release reads.

As for the continuation, or the end of the other members of the implementation teams, that is questionable at this point.

Fifty-five-year-old Meleschenko joined the national team at the end of March 2021 as a replacement for Croatian Žan Tabak.

With Slovakia, he managed to get through the pre-qualification screen and reach qualification for next year’s world championship for the first time. In the A group, his selection eventually took fourth place with a ‘record’ of 0-6.

On Thursday, the Slovakian national team will hear who it is against in Group D of the pre-qualification for the European Championship 2025. The only known opponent is North Macedonia.

It will be joined by one of the trio Austria, Romania, Denmark, and the group will be complemented by another team from the trio Switzerland, Norway, Cyprus.

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