(MENAFN) Veselin Vujovic, manager of the Iran national handball team, spoke around his team’s display in the 2023 IHF Men's World Championship, stating that they they have the ability to perform better in some games.
Iran gained one win in six matches in the tournaments. They ended in the 24th spot in the tournament, a record low after ending 21st in the last edition in 2015 – with five defeats versus European teams including France, Spain, Montenegro, Poland as well as Slovenia.
“We didn't have the experience of playing in such a big tournament,” as stated by the Montenegrin manager in his latest address with journalists.
“Some of our players were nervous in this event, and others showed their quality in the games. Generally, I think we could have performed better in some matches and get more in the World Championship,” he also mentioned.
Adding, “It is true that we achieved our initial goal of qualifying for the main round instead of playing in the President Cup, but I always look for a better results and higher positions.
the 62-year-old coach also stated that “Of course, you should not forget that it is not easy to play against strong teams like France, Spain and Slovenia. This event was like a great school for Iranian national players.”
Adding, “From the day of signing my contract with the Iranian Handball Federation until the start of the IHF World Championship, I tried to prepare the players mentally and tactically for what awaited them in such prestigious tournament, but it seemed to me that some people did not take my words seriously until the start of the matches of the national team in the World Championship.”
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