News 5.11.2009

Gergel, Peciar, and Kleščík in Kitka’s Nomination for Croatia

Peter Kleščík considers the U21 cap invitation a challenge; he wants to play.

The U21 national team coach Boris Kitka published his nomination for the match of the year on Tuesday. As many as three players of AS Trenčín appear in his list for the game against Croatia. Each of them is in a different position. Roman Gergel is becoming a solid part of the team. He has even scored once already. Tomáš Peciar, on the other hand, is a novice among the junior elite. He only played once in Cyprus, but he showed a reliable performance. When he continues this way, he can become a defensive pillar of the team. The position of Peter Kleščík is even more difficult. The former U19 and U20 national player received his fourth invitation to the junior team, but has only been among the substitute so far. He believes that hard work and patience can eventually yield results. Shortly after the nomination was published, we asked the defensive player of AS for a short interview.

What is your reaction to Kitka’s nomination?

“I have not played much in the league recently so I am a bit surprised. I am looking forward to the match. It is a challenge for me.“

There is a strong competition at your post…

“I agree. I have tried practically all positions in the defense. Juhár is strong on the left side, but he is not in the nomination now. Cseh, Jánošík, Jarabica, and, of course, Peciar are very good players as well. All of these players are at a similar level so we will see who finally appears on the pitch.“

It seems that the members of the senior team Miroslav Stoch and Vladmír Weiss may strengthen the team in this key game as well. How do you get along with the rising stars of Slovak football?

“I have only had positive experience so far. We are a very good and cohesive team which is not dividing itself into the home players and the ‘legionaries’.“

Whom do you usually share your room with during the national team happenings?

“It has been Roman Gergel so far. However there are three of us from Trenčín now so I am not sure. I have not been thinking about this. It is not important. As I said, we are all creating a very good team.“

Slovakia has currently 10 points in the table, four more than Croatia that have however to play one more game. Serbia has six points having the same number of matches played as our team. What do you expect from the upcoming games?

“The game against Croatia will be extremely important for our qualification group. It can be decisive. Of course, Serbs who have a very strong team can still advance as well.“

The game takes place in Zlaté Moravce (on November 18 at 4.30 pm). How do you like the atmosphere there?

“I like the supportive football environment there. I hope there will be good attendance. We can succeed with the help of the fans. We have to be winning our home games. The same we need to do about this one.“

Author: ms, ek
Games schedule
  Žilina
Fortuna league, 19. round, 15.2.2020
AS Trenčín - MFK Zemplín Michalovce
Fortuna league, 18. round, 7.12.2019
FC Nitra vs AS Trenčín
Standings
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 42:11 45
2. MŠK Žilina 29:15 35
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 29:22 35
4. MFK Ružomberok 22:23 25
5. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 24:23 23
6. FC Spartak Trnava 22:23 23
7. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 18:20 23
8. AS Trenčín 29:29 21
9. FK Senica 22:30 19
10. ŠKF Sereď 17:26 18
11. FC Nitra 14:29 15
12. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 19:36 14

complete standings
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