FIBA World Championship 2006 - Unofficial Blog

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Vecchio is the new coach of Panama's basketball

It was a very quick decision after all: Guillermo Vecchio is the new coach of the Panamanian national team. The first goal for the Argentinian trainer, who comes from coaching in the domestic BSN league, will be to win the gold medal in the Centrobasket championship, which Panama will host between July 4-8.

“I want you to know that I'm here in Panama because I like challenges and this is one of them,” Vecchio said.

It's very important to mention that the Centrobasket championship is not the only aim. He also wants to win the Central American and Caribbean Sport Games in Cartagena, Colombia (July 15-30) and make a good role in the upcoming FIBA World Championship.

Vecchio, who has previously managed the national squads of Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela, claims that he had a three-pronged vision.

According to him, “stage A is to win Centrobasket, stage B is to get the gold medal in Cartagena, while stage C is to raise the national team up to 10th spot in the world rankings.”

Even though it's not easy, he is happy to have inherited a squad of players who want to do well. "To taste glory motivates everyone,” he finishes.

As we already know, Panama is in Group B of the World Championship, alongside New Zealand, Germany, Angola, host Japan and Spain.

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