Ufuk Sarıca: We have as many trophies as any team
Pınar Karşıyaka, who made her name in the FIBA Champions League Finals of 8, is determined to reach her cup goal this season in Europe, where she missed the ERA Nymburk in the quarterfinals of the organization that will start tomorrow under the auspices of Russia.
Pınar Karşıyaka, who is in ambush by going to Russia, will face her Czech rival at Nagorny Sports Hall tomorrow at 21.30. The semi-finals will be held on Friday, May 7, and the final and third place matches will be held on Sunday, May 9, in the organization where the quarter-final competitions will be played on tomorrow and Thursday. If the green-red team eliminates the Czech team, they will compete for the final at 19.00 on Friday, with the winner of the match between Nizhny Novgorod and Spain’s Casademont Zaragoza in the semi-finals.
İzmir representative, who lost the FIBA Eurochallenge Cup by 17 points in the final in 2013 and lost the championship when the FIBA Europe Cup, which was his favorite last season, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic before the semi-final, this time aims first the final and then the cup. Coach Ufuk Sarıca and James Metecan Birsen in green and red, one of our two teams continuing on their way with Anadolu Efes in Europe, made special statements to Demirören News Agency (DHA) before the finals. Ufuk Sarıca, who took Kaf-Kaf to the finals in Eurochallege in 2013, Turkey Cup and Presidency Cup in 2014, and became the league champion in 2015, for 2 seasons in the league and Europe again in Europe. He said they had a chance and wanted to stay on the field until the last day.
SARICA: WE HAVE AS MUCH LUCK FOR EVERY TEAM
Before the finals, Sarica said, “We have as much chance as all other teams. We will play with very good teams. An organization with good players and good coaches. Our rival Nymburk on the first day is one of the really successful teams of the tournament. He plays very fast, plays very aggressive basketball.” But when we look at it from our own perspective, there are two seasons that we have worked hard on. Last year we were left unfinished, we could not complete it. Obviously, we were very favorite, the cup slipped from our palm. But of course there is nothing to do to the past. To speak for today, we brought it here, hopefully Sunday. We will stay there until the day of the match. You have to think about the match. After all, if you cannot win the first day, you cannot continue the tournament. In this regard, the most important match on our agenda is the Nymburk match. Hopefully we will win, “he said.
“WE ARE ON THE FIELD FOR THE CUP”
Ufuk Sarıca, who had been struggling with coronavirus cases for the second time in the team until just last week, also caught the virus and recovered recently, stating that they will be on the field for the cup to come, “We have brought this job so far. Especially the coronavirus went around for 2 times. There were injuries in between. We spent the whole year without fans. This is a big deficiency for us, a big loss. But despite this, we achieved that stability in the league. We are in the top 3, we are in the top 2. We spent the whole season there, we became a candidate for there. We were among the last 8 teams in the Champions League. Now there are wishes, hopes and dreams here, but we have to go out on the field and show it. I hope we will win in a healthy way and stay there until the end. “he spoke.
METECAN: WE WILL COMPLETE THE HALF JOB
James Metecan Birsen, who has been one of the important names of the team since last season in Pınar Karşıyaka, said that they are very happy and proud to have their names written in the European finals. Metecan, who also played in the National Team, said, “We were among the top 8 teams in a very important organization. This is a very important success for us. It was also one of our goals at the beginning of the season. We are happy and ready. With our first match, Nymburk, we were well prepared. Match day. I think that we will win with all our concentration and struggle. Then the match progresses and we want to reach the championship with the semi-final and then the final. We are working hard for it. We want to complete the work that was left unfinished last year. We will do our best for this, “he said.
Famous people from Karşıyaka such as Alp Kırşan and Engin Altan Düzyatan also supported Kaf-Kaf with the videos they published before the finals.