Slovak basketball needs a new boost: The executive committee has coach Melesčenko . laid off

Pictured is the coach of the Slovakian men’s basketball team, Oleg Meleschenko Source: TASR/Pavol Zachar

BRATISLAVA – The Executive Committee of the Slovak Basketball Federation (SBA) on Wednesday fired the head coach of the national men’s team, 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 before the 2nd round of pre-qualification for the European Championship 2025. The Executive Committee entrusted the coordinator of the men’s component of the SBA, Michal Ondruš, with the submitting a proposal for the position of head coach of the national men’s team in the shortest possible time. We believe in a favorable draw of group D, where our national men’s team will certainly meet North Macedonia.” says the SBA press release. As for the continuation, or the end of the other members of the implementation teams, that is questionable at the moment.

Fifty-five-year-old Meleschenko joined the national team at the end of March 2021 as a replacement for Croatian an 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 team eventually took the non-promotional 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. He is joined by one of the trio Austria, Romania, Denmark and also one of the trio Switzerland, Norway, Cyprus.

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