– It is not necessary to stay in this fourth scouting position
One week after the European Championship final, the tournament continues in Switzerland. There are three important missions awaiting Scout Winterthur.
Cedri Tinovski, Ferran Moros, Admir Ahmedtasević and Arsenije Dragacevic were busy at the European Championships in Germany, and Mustafa Hadji Sadok played at the African Championships in Egypt. The rest of the scouts spent the entire month of January preparing for the tournament to continue.
Winterthur, who are in fourth place, will play at HSC Suhr Aarau (5th place), which is seven points behind, on Sunday, and will host promoted team Kreuzlingen (6th place) on Wednesday and will play at GC Amicitia. Zurich (third) on Saturday. Coach Goran Cvetkovic says: “If we succeed in winning three times, it is possible to achieve second or third place again.”
These two positions are three and two points away, respectively. Scouts still have a chance to advance the remaining eight rounds and improve their starting position in the playoffs. For a possible semi-final, fourth place should be avoided, because you will then meet leader Kadeten Schaffhausen.
HC Kriens-Luzern (2nd) is likely to be weakened by the loss of playmakers: Andy Schmid resigned and Jonas Schelker is injured. GC Amesitia (3rd) announced this week that coach Peter Hrachowiec will not extend his contract, which expires in the summer. This may have an impact.
Regarding the Scouts' personnel situation: Left winger Joel Bram has recovered from his elbow injury, and it remains to be hoped that left fielder Aleksandar Radovanovic will be ready to play again in March, about ten months after tearing his cruciate ligament. On the other hand: Dragacevic could move abroad in the foreseeable future.
“We trained very well. “For the first time, we recovered without injury,” says Cvetkovic. The first focus was on defensive action. The friendly match was lost to the German club Erlangen on Tuesday at 21:34. For about half an hour, Winterthur's team continued to perform well, according to Cvetkovic, “almost with our team from next season.” Then the errors piled up
Al-Hajj Al-Sadiq is in the All-Star Team
A week ago, in addition to the European Championships, the African Championships also ended. But for Mustafa Haj Sadiq, the matter is not quite over yet. Because he and other Algerians were robbed. The wallet, passport and residence permit were gone. His return to Switzerland was delayed.
After all, the tournament was a success. The final match was lost against host and favorite country Egypt 21:29. But with their second-place finish, the Algerians secured a place in the 2025 World Cup and the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. And: Mustafa Hadj Sadiq was the only Algerian selected to the All-Star team as a center back.
Urs Stanger He is the head of the sports section of regional newspapers in Zurich. Towards the end of the typewriter era he began journalism.More information