Interview with Al Kuwait Clubs new Head Coach Vladimir Bosnjak - Aug 27, 2011
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With over 24 Years of coaching experience, Al Kuwait Club is definitely on the right track with Coach Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) (agency: 011 Sports ). He is certainly not a new face to Middle East basketball, or his first time coaching in Kuwait. He is one of few FIBA coaches who have coached in 3 different countries and 5 different selections on FIBA competition. Bosnjak is well known as a champion of Asia U-20 champion of West Asia seniors twice (All 3 with Iran) He was also named the National team coach for Libya and Syria. Bosnjak Led Manama club of Bahrain to the National Cup Championship in 2005 and in 2006 he continued his success with Manama winning the league Championship. With great success in Jordan, he was named Coach of the Year in 2009 after taking the young team A.S.U. to the Jordanian Playoffs.With the Kuwait basketball season starting soon, we thought it would be great if Coach Bosnjak could give those of you who have yet to meet him in person, a little insight on how one of the greats prepare for the season.
Eurobasket: First off, welcome to Kuwait. We would like to know more about youTell us a little about Coach Bosnjak in your own words? Coach Bosnjak: When I first started my coaching career, I grew up under the influence of many great Serbian coaches and I also studied in the U.S.A. under several successful American coaches. So I have learned a lot in the schools between these two locations. I believe in going hard at practice because it makes it a lot easier when it comes to game time. For me, what I teach them is that practice is the most important thing, so when the game comes it is a Show time for players, and they no longer think about the plays.. They just execute!
Eurobasket: Now that you are with Kuwait Club, what are your plans for this club this year that will differ from last year? Coach Bosnjak: (Laughing) The Difference is that I am new! Just kidding of course, but our new import players are Mohammed Al Hajji and Vladislav Dragojlovic. We expect them to contribute largely if we plan to be successful. We do have one of the best domestic shooter coming back and expected to play team captain. The legendary Yahia is not playing anymore! So it is going to be interesting with our new players. We expect them to come in and compete for playing time in an effort to fill the loss of Yahia- I guess it is a challenge for all the players and for the club in total.
Eurobasket: Acknowledging Ramadan the Holy Month in the Arab world, how are you able to adjust to prepare for the season? Is there a practice session? Coach Bosnjak:I will begin working next week with the club-but for sure Al Kuwait is such a serious club that they have already organized big workouts individually with members of team. So yes, there has been practice schedules, but we will get more into a rhythm once we have all our players back.
Eurobasket: All coaches have a certain type player they look for to lead their team What type of import players do you typically look for? So many players email me wanting to play basketball in the Middle East. What would you suggest to a young player looking to play Middle East Basketball? Coach Bosnjak:Well as I said, we took maybe the best 2 imports we could bring from well a known European Agency! But I am sure there are many great guys and players who are still looking for jobs! My message to all players and coaches is; first off if you want to coach in the Middle East you must keep in mind that you have to be better than when you played and coached in Europe or in the States even! Why? Because in Europe, if you are shooting guard and you do not rebound or play the point position, you will not help your club too much here. You must be an all-around player when times of difficulties come for your team! Also a coach coming from Europe may have been successful in Europe, due to the fact that they have great import and local players in Europe and in the States also. A coach could have had average knowledge with many good players and be successful, but in the In Middle East, You must know a lot in order to develop Your Team!
Eurobasket: I have been in this region for a little over 8 years, and I know the violence that some think is everywhere in the streets is completely wrong. I would be the first to say that I feel safer in my home in Kuwait, than I do when I am in the USA. What advice would you give to new imports if they expressed their concern for the Middle East? Coach Bosnjak: People in Middle East are more sensitive and family oriented. They carry themselves much better like humans instead of violence! They respect old family issues and have great Faith to God! I admire them for this. So anyone who comes in the Middle East has to be devoted to old values similar to what your grandparent is use to. On the other hand sometimes in sports the locals have to be more understanding to imports, with them being foreigners willing to adjust on their customs! HOWEVER LOCAL CUSTOM IS NOT THAT SOME CLUBS STEAL MONEY FROM YOUR PAYCHECKS...I do not recognize this custom and I must say only in one Middle East country, such was Syriathey left me short for some money with the club, but not in the federation. I see some players and coaches reporting this behavior, as being a regular custom there. This makes me sad! When I am giving my soul to clubs and players when I come in- so it is sad that some people will abuse coaches and players. But this happens everywhere in the world not just Middle East
Eurobasket: Imports will not be a problem for you this year with Kuwait Club already inking their Post Player and Guard to contracts. Tell us a little more about your team this year. Coach Bosnjak:As I explained already, we have great quality on our team this year with our Selection of imports. At the Center position we have Vladislav Dragojlovic coming from Al Ittihad Jeddah. Dragojlovic averaged 21.6 ppg and 13.9 rpg for 7 games at the Asian Club Championships with Al Ittihad.. Last year in Serbia, he averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. We also have the pleasure of inking one of the best Ghanaian scorer Alhaji Mohammed Mohammed played with Towzin Electric Kashan, of Iran. he played in Spain as a member of Lleida. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 steal in 33 games in LEB Gold. Finishing as the 3rd leading scorer. We suffered a great loss of the Kuwait National Team Capt. Yahia... But I have Trust in these people who I coaching!
Eurobasket: Was there any pressure from the club for a championship this year? What are your expectations?
Coach Bosnjak: I have been a foreigner for like last 10 now! I know I was brought here to win! There will be no excuse for me not winning, and I will live with that! This challenge turns me on.... So Kuwait club can expect to win the title this year! I will not accept anything less than a championship, and I put myself on that track!
Eurobasket: When does the season kick off this year? I know some of the players will be with the National team, how will this affect the season? Coach Bosnjak:In January I guess but do not know for sure! Players with the National team are not with me currently, but they are with the National Team and I know coach Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) is preparing them well, so this is another advantage!
Eurobasket: I want to thank you for your time and wish you good luck on the season. is there anything you would like us to know about you? Coach Bosnjak: It is pleasure to work in a country where people love sports and I pray to God We will be good! Hard work is my other name so I think it is a pleasure to try to keep the flag of the Serbian Basketball School. Our coaches and players are everywhere around World! Again hope in future we will talk more-about good things I hope!
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