The sports director of "Sabah": "Our goal is to train local players"

13 November 2023 09:35
The sports director of "Sabah": "Our goal is to train local players"

"We have already fully focused on the game with "Bahcesehir College".

Elshan Yusubov, sports director of "Sabah" basketball club, told this in an interview with website.

The champion of Azerbaijan will play its next game in the FIBA European Cup against Bahcesehir College. Yusubov said that his main goal in the match against "Khirdalan" in the reporting round of the national championship was to chance the substitute players: "At the beginning of the game, Ender Poladkhanli and Shirzad Shirzadov were in the first "five". Although Shirzad did not score points, he was distinguished by his rebounds and assists. They showed enough of their Euro league experience in the match against "Khirdalan". Our goal is to train local players. In this sense, we give more places to locals in the Azerbaijan Basketball League. Rustam Aliyev and Fuad Niftaliyev were also on the field in the game against "Khirdalan". In the first half, the difference increased because we played with more main basketball players. Then, regarding the upcoming match, the coach released the second team and the gap decreased a little. Nevertheless, our substitute players showed themselves well. In the future, they will be given more chances to play."

According to the official, Donovan Smith, Corin Henry and Pavle Marcinkovic, who were on the reserve in the game against "Khirdalan", will be better prepared for the upcoming game: "They rested in order to play better against "Bahcesehir College" against "Khirdalan". This step was taken for those basketball players to better prepare for the match with the Turkish club. After the victory against "Mornar" on Victory Day, the mood in the team is very high. We are preparing very well for the meeting in Istanbul. "We have set ourselves the goal of playing a good game against a strong opponent."

It should be noted that "Sabah" defeated "Khirdalan" with a score of 99:87 in the III round of the Azerbaijan Basketball League.

Emin Aga