Ergin Ataman has high expectations for the national team of Turkey and believes his team will fight for a medal in the FIBA EuroBasket (September 1-18).
The head coach of Turkey and Anadolu Efes expects tough competition in the tournament, but is hopeful his team will reach at least the semi-finals.
“I know our fans have high expectations for the national team. We have worked on our chemistry and we should be united. Our goal is to win a medal and I am very excited about the opportunity to coach the national team.
We have set the bar high, but we know we will face tough competition. I want my players to be as excited about playing for Turkey as I am. Hopefully our last appearance in the tournament will be the gold medal on September 18,” Ergin Ataman told TRT Spor.
🗣Ergin Ataman: Milli Takım ile bu turnuvada önemli bir misyonumuz var. İnşallah turnuvayı 18 Eylül'de bitireceğiz. pic.twitter.com/i2mR4E5DCC
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Turkey rallied past Ukraine on Thursday (96-70) and will take on Slovenia on Friday at Sinan Erdem Dome. Next week, they will play Georgia, Poland and Greece in Athens and will complete their preparation for the EuroBasket.
After the end of their training camp, Ergin Ataman and Turkey will face Latvia on the road on August 25 and will then host Serbia on August 28 in the Second Round of FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
They will then travel to Tbilisi for the group stage of the EuroBasket. They will take on Montenegro, Georgia, Spain, Bulgaria and Belgium in Group A.