Rojko to stay at the helm of Slovakia women’s national team for two more years
News from the National Federations
Bratislava, Slovakia, December 1, 2016. Marek Rojko will continue his work with Slovakia women’s national team. On Thursday the Slovak Volleyball Federation (SVF) announced that the contract with the 39-year-old Rojko has been extended for another two years.
“We carefully analysed the performance of our women’s national team this year. I have to say that overall we were satisfied and as a result, our Board of Administration agreed with the proposal to extend the existing contract. I believe that under the leadership of Marek Rojko our team will qualify for the 2019 edition of the European Championship,” said Lubor Halanda, President of the Slovak Volleyball Federation.
Rojko is convinced that the team has the potential to further grow and develop. “Most of our players are in the best years of their careers. This was one of the main reasons why I was interested in continuing my work with the team. I am glad that the Slovak Volleyball Federation showed so much trust in me and I am looking forward to continuing my work in the next couple of years. It is always a matter of pride to be the coach of a national team and this applies to me as well,” said Rojko, who has been at the helm of the team since October 2013.
“Our team will need some changes and I hope that the young players will bring some positive energy. Our Federation prepared a good programme for us and therefore I was even more motivated to continue with my work,” added Rojko who is currently coaching VK Kralovo Pole BRNO in the first division of the Czech national league.
Slovakia made earlier this year their debut in the CEV Volleyball European League and progressed to the finals, losing only to eventual winners Azerbaijan to settle for the silver medal. Later this summer Slovakia fought for a place in the Final Round of the 2017 women’s EuroVolley but they failed to achieve this feat losing to their neighbours from the Czech Republic in the third and last round of qualifications. Slovakia’s last appearance in the EuroVolley Finals dates back to the 2009 edition held in Poland.