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Fourth term for Kováčik in Slovakia

Ján Kováčik has been re-elected as president of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ).

SFZ president Ján Kováčik
SFZ president Ján Kováčik TASR

Kováčik takes the helm of Slovak football for a further four years after delegates confirmed him in office for a fourth term at the SFZ’s conference in Senec.

“This victory is the most valuable of all to me,” Kováčik told delegates after his re-election. “It is an honour to have gained your confidence, as this enables me to continue in my job in this difficult period.”

Ongoing progress

Various challenges await the SFZ president, who underlined his dedication to driving progress at all levels of the game in Slovakia. “I wish to expand our membership base,” Kováčik said, “and create good conditions for youth and children to play football.”

“Our ten-year project to reconstruct football stadiums will be completed this month, so it is extremely important that we create a similar project – namely, to set up training pitches and areas.”

“Inflatable or permanent training halls would enable people to train in the winter months as well,” he reflected.

Stadium work

Construction work on 22 out of 23 stadiums across the country has already been completed, and the national training centre in Poprad – where youth and women’s teams play their international matches – has already been in operation since 2011.

Kováčik expressed particular pride at the senior national men’s team’s achievement in qualifying for the last two EURO final rounds, and how Slovakia’s football community had pulled together to overcome tough moments brought about by the COVID pandemic.