Boro Smilkovski: This edition of DelaSport BIBL is one of the strongest European competitions
24-11-2020 | 12:27Last week, KK TFT registered historic first win in Delasport Balkan League, (80-75 vs BC Beroe).
The club was founded 10 years ago by a group of enthusiasts in the local community of Municipality of Karpos in Skopje. Their main target was to build a respecatable professional sports organisation and throughout the years they managed to sign good players and create a reputation of a successful club, developing step by step and working hard for achieving their goals. The result was finishing on the 1st position in the Macedonian Second League during the unfinished due to the coronavirus pandemic season 2019-2020, KK TFT was promoted to the elite First Division for the upcoming season 2020-2021. This allowed them to be able to apply for participation in Delasport BIBL.
Today, we are talking with Boro Smilkovski - President of basketball operations and head coach of the North Macedonian team.
We hope we find you is a good health and spirit. How do you feel?
Thankful for the opportunity to be interviewed by the Delasport Balkan League team, feeling tired but very happy about our 2 wins this week, specially for the one against Beroe, our first and historic win in the BIBL league...
Since 2020 has been tough to every sphere, either economy, medical care or sports, as well, how does the coronavirus pandemic affect the team’s preparation, condition, and especially management?
First of all I want to wish good health to everyone because we are living in difficult times in the COVID 19 pandemic.
It is very difficult to think and focus on something else, but still we must learn how to live with it and protect from it, because that’s the only way to continue going forward.
COVID pandemic affects on every sector of our lives, specially on financial sector but I personally think that “where there is a will, there is a way” , so we are finding solutions to establish TFT like one of the Macedonian basketball brands in the region.
I must say that COVID virus also directly hit us like a team, almost the entire roster was positive at one moment, hopefully without serious symptoms.
Our medical staff and specially our conditional Coach - Dimitar Shavkulovski did amazing job with the preparations and condition of our players.
Playing without fans in the gym doesn’t make the situation any easier, either.
Playing without fans in the gym is one of the most hurtful things for our team, because we are known for big support of our fans during the games.
It’s not for the income from the tickets and season cards it’s about missing that energy that they are giving to us on every single game.
How do you see the TFT team’s project in 10 years?
We really see TFT like one of the best Macedonian basketball brands in the years to come. On domestic scene and also in this region and Europe.
How would you determine the level of the Delasport BIBL after 12 Israeli teams joined the competition this year? What are the ambitions you have set for the season?
This edition of DelaSport BIBL league, specially after joining of the 12 Israeli teams is one of the strongest European competitions. In same time, my personal ambitions like President of basketball operations and Head Coach of TFT are establishing our club in this region and why not at least second stage in the competition.
New head coach for Hapoel Gilboa Galil
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem!
Maccabi Rishon LeZion comes back from 18 down to win Group D
Watch LIVE Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem - Maccabi Rishon LeZion tonight on YouTube
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Hapoel SP Tel Aviv!
Photo-gallery from the game Hapoel Holon vs Hapoel SP Tel Aviv
Defense is the key as Hapoel Holon is through to the Second Stage
Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Tel Aviv to decide the first team to the Second Stage today
Quotes after the game BC Beroe - KK Kumanovo 2009
Photo-gallery from the game BC Beroe - KK Kumanovo 2009
Beroe puts on an offensive show to defeat Kumanovo
Hapoel Jerusalem appointed a new head coach
Quotes after the game BC Akademik Plovdiv - KK Kumanovo 2009
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Maccabi Haifa!
Photo-gallery from the game KK TFT - KK Teodo
Photo-gallery from the game Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Gilboa Galil
TFT beats Teodo to keep its chances alive
Hapoel GIlboa Galil finished unbeaten the Group Stage
Great offensive performance leads Kumanovo to the win in Plovdiv
Busy few days ahead in Delasport Balkan League
Otis Livingston joined Kumanovo 2009
KK TFT adds two new players
The draw for the Semifinal round in Israel has been made
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Ironi Nahariya!
Shai Segalovich: Our goal is to improve our defense
Photo-gallery from the game Hapoel Gilboa Galil - Ironi Nahariya
Hapoel Gilboa Galil holds on to defeat Ironi Nahariya and win Group B
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Hapoel Yossi Avrahami Eilat!
Delasport BIBL: Thank you, Bnei Herzliya!
|19 Jan 2021
KK Ibar Rozaje
Stara Zagora | Obshtinska19 Jan 2021 18.00
|BC Beroe||LIVE||KK Ibar Rozaje|
Rishon LeZion | Beit Maccabi20 Jan 2021 19.00
|Maccabi Rishon LeZion||Hapoel Gilboa Galil B.C.|
|Sport 5, YouTube|
Plovdiv | Complex Sila21 Jan 2021 18.00
|BC Akademik Plovdiv||KK Ibar Rozaje|
Tivat | S.C. Zupa26 Jan 2021
|KK Teodo||KK Kumanovo 2009|
Rozaje | Sportski Centar27 Jan 2021 17.00
|KK Ibar Rozaje||LIVE||KK Kumanovo 2009|
Plovdiv | Complex Sila28 Jan 2021 18.00
|BC Akademik Plovdiv||BC Beroe|
All times are local time
|Balkan League, Group A|
|1||Hapoel SP Tel Aviv B.C.||3 - 1||7|
|2||Bnei Herzliya||2 - 2||6|
|3||Hapoel B-Cure Laser Haifa||1 - 3||5|
|Balkan League, Group B|
|1||Hapoel Gilboa Galil B.C.||4 - 0||8|
|2||Ironi Nahariya||2 - 2||6|
|3||Maccabi Haifa||0 - 4||4|
|Balkan League, Group C|
|1||Hapoel Holon B.C.||4 - 0||8|
|2||Hapoel Yossi Avrahami Eilat||2 - 2||6|
|3||Ironi Hai Motors Ness Ziona||0 - 4||4|
|Balkan League, Group D|
|1||Maccabi Rishon LeZion||3 - 1||7|
|2||Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem||2 - 2||6|
|3||Hapoel Altshuler Shaham Be′er Sheva B.C.||1 - 3||5|
|Balkan League, Group E|
|1||BC Akademik Plovdiv||6 - 2||14|
|2||KK Teodo||4 - 5||13|
|3||KK TFT||3 - 6||12|
|4||BC Beroe||4 - 3||11|
|5||KK Kumanovo 2009||3 - 4||10|
|6||KK Ibar Rozaje||3 - 3||9|