In the FIBA 2023 Women’s European Championship Qualifiers, the Women’s National Team will meet with Slovenia away on Thursday, November 11 at 20:00 CET, and against Poland on Sunday, November 14 at 17:00 in Kocaeli, before these two matches.
In the media day held at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall, A National Women’s Basketball Team Manager Yasemin Horasan, A National Women’s Basketball Team Head Coach Ceyhun Yıldızoğlu, A National Women’s Basketball Team Captain Bahar Çağlar Ökten made statements.
YILDIZOĞLU: WE ARE GOING TO SLOVENIA WITH THE PASSWORD OF ABSOLUTE WIN
Mentioning the difficulties of both struggles, Ceyhun Yıldızoğlu, Head Coach of the A National Women’s Basketball Team, said, “We will play against Slovenia and Poland, respectively, in the window matches. Slovenia has a goal of getting to the podium in the exit and in the European Basketball Championship, which will be held in its own country, but they are troubled. We are also in the last two games. We lost two matches we played with them in the European Basketball Championship. This time we want to change the situation, play basketball more accurately and go to Slovenia with the motto of absolute victory. We are talking about a constant generational change. This is starting to settle down. Now, the experienced and the young mingle, even what they are doing. We have become a team. We really trust the whole group of players in this new structure. We have a very talented group of players who will come here in the future as well as in our current squad. But we continue on our way with the best 12 at the moment. We go to Slovenia with the motto of absolute victory. Then play in Izmit We want to leave with a win in the two window matches with the Poland match we will play,” he said.
“OUR GOAL IS FIRST”
Stating that they wanted support from the fans for both matches, Yıldızoğlu said, “We expect the support of our citizens living there and the sports fans who will watch us on TV in the game we will play in Slovenia. We invite the sports fans from Izmit to the hall to support the Turkish National Team in the very important game we will play in Izmit, too. We believe that we will win with their support. We are going to Slovenia for a win. Our goal is to participate directly by coming first. Poland is a team that is looking for an exit. They played really well in the last European Basketball Championship. We set our primary goal as the group winner. “If things don’t go well, of course we will try to enter from the best two. There is still a lot of time for the European Basketball Championship, but I believe that everything will change this time,” he said.
HORASAN: WE ALWAYS EXPECT THE SUPPORT OF THE TURKISH PEOPLE
A National Women’s Basketball Team Manager Yasemin Horasan said that they will play two important matches, “We gathered for the 2023 European Basketball Championship qualifying matches a short time ago. As you know, window matches are the matches where we need to prepare in a short time. We have two important matches, “With Slovenia and Poland. Our aim is to make 2 in 2 and gain a good advantage on the way out of the group. I hope everything will be as we want on the field and we will be the winner. We always expect the support of our audience and the Turkish people in the match we will play at home in Izmit.” .
BAHAR CAGLAR ÖKTEN: BOTH MATCHES ARE VERY IMPORTANT
A National Women’s Basketball Team Captain Bahar Çağlar Ökten stated that their goal is to participate in the European Championships and said, “As Turkey Women’s National Basketball Team, our goals have always been to take part in European championships, world championships, and Olympics. Our goal is always in this direction. Yes, the last Europe. “Unfortunately, we did not get the result we wanted in the European championship. But these next two games are very important to be in the European championship in 2023. There is a short process ahead of us and we want to do our best with our players and win these two games. We know the Slovenian team. We were in the same group in the last two European championships.” “Unfortunately, we lost. We know what kind of team chemistry they have. We continue to work on him. Two important players are missing. We want to turn this into an advantage and we want to win the match there and make a good start,” he said.