- Elmedin Omanic
Elmedin Omanic interview
At the beggining we would like to thank you for your time. We know that
you are pretty busy, preparation for coming season. Would you please
tell us more about your current team?
Coach Omanic: Name
of the team is Energa Torun. We have finished last season at 5th place
in PLKK. This is team which two seasons ago were on the edge to drop
down to lower division, but had a goal to qualify to play-off top 8
teams. After very succesful period with Wisla Krakow where we won 2
Championship titles we have made contact and made a deal about
cooperation for two years. After first season in Energa we made
respectful results and we have missed PLKK semi-finals tight. Current
team roster is significantlly different from last season, because as
far as I know we are the only team without foreign players in squad.
According to pretty hard financial situation and recesion in sport
plans for coming season is not finalized yet. We hope so that we will
complete our roster in short time with one quality player from USA as
we could try confirm last seasons results or even produce better score.
WoB: It is your fourth season in
Poland, what can you tell us about Polish Basketball?
Coach Omanic: If we
talk about Polish Basketball, I believe I can say that Women's Polish
Basketball is for sure in top European Basketball. The fact is that the
best players from WNBA plays for Polish teams. Poland has two teams who
compete in Fiba Euroleague and two teams that compete in Fiba Cup.
Polish Federation has special rules since we have a lot of foreign
players, to protect own interes and domestic players. All this to
provide as best as possible results for National teams. In one team who
compete in PLKK can be 6 form 12 or 5 from 10 foreign players, but
during games it must be two domestic players on the court, and in
roster it must be two young players. In Men's competition whole second
quarter must play young player. I believe that Men's Basketball getting
better and better and their quality we will be able to see during
EuroBasket 2009 which is hosted by Poland and it is another one
indicator of Basketball quality in this country.
WoB: What's your plans for future?
For how long you have an contract with your current club? Any other
options at this moment?
Coach Omanic: My
contract with Torun will expire at the end of 2009/10 season. At this
moment I am just focused on my current team, and after this season I
will see what I am going to do.
Since you are in Poland, do you have an opportuinity to follow things
in Bosnian Championship, National team, Federation? What is your
opinion about current situation in Bosnian Basketball. They will miss
EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, any idea about reasons?
Coach Omanic: Of
course, that I am following Bosnian Championships Men's and Women's
competition. I can say that I am trying to follow all happenings
in Bosnia and Herzegovina, those connected in sport but also political
About our national team of course that I have my own opinion but as we
used to say "it is easiest to be general just after the battle". There
are very many reasons of such poor performance of our National team,
but the main reason is in Federation. It is well known who were
involved in decisions who will be the coaches of National selections.
Now, coaches are under fire. It is also known that Federations have
ways, instruments, to show all players who cancelled invitations to
play for National team that they can't just do it. My opinion is that
Men's National team head coach decided to quit too early with some
older and experienced players, but also didn't use full potential of
those who were in squad. It is impossible that Mirza Delibasic Arena
(famous sports hall in Sarajevo) is empty, beacuse of teams dues.
Prices are too high so clubs have to move in much better but cheaper
In total, I can say that situation in our country is fatal.
WoB: EuroBasket 2009, your
favorites? Prognosis, who will play for medals? Will you find some free
time to watch some games live?
Coach Omanic: For
sure, there is a very interesting information that there is no free
tickets, passes, fiba licenses or anything like that. Anyone who wants
to watch games must buy a ticket. I can say that our preparation
calender is pretty tight, but we have decided at September 15 to watch
3 games together with my team in place Bydgoszci (50 km from Torun).
I believe that Spain, Lithuania, France and Slovenia have biggest
cahnces. But as usual there are always many surprises on tournaments
like this one. I would be very glad if Jasmin Repesa could make an
suprise and qualify to finals.
Mister Omanic, thank you for your time. WoB wish you all the best. We
hope so that we will have an opportunity to publish all news about your
team in coming season.