Basketball Federation of India (BFI) have announced the appointment of Veselin Matic as the new head coach of the Indian men's Basketball team. Former India men’s team coach Zoran Visic will now serve as the coach of the Indian women’s team after the recruitment of Matic as the men's team coach.
The Basketball Federation of India on Monday brought in Veselin Matic as the new head coach of the Indian men’s basketball team. Matic has last coached the Syrian national team in the past and also helped Iran qualify for their maiden World Championship in 2010 after winning the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship. Under his coaching, the team also secured a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. The 58-year-old has also coached national teams such as Poland and Lebanon.
Matic is expected to arrive in India towards the end of April and the Indian basketball body wanted him to conduct regular zonal camps. The Serbian ace will be tasked with turning around the fortunes of the men’s national team and will also have to settle an alleged rift among the national group of players.
“Our plan is for him to conduct regular zonal coaching camps apart from clinics for our coaches. The problem we face is that each zone has its own coaching systems and when players meet for national camps, we lose a lot of time in getting them to adapt to one system. We want to establish a uniform coaching pattern throughout the country,” said BFI secretary-general Chander Mukhi Sharma was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
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