Let’s start with the hottest topic: Handball European Championship in Croatia and the performance of Macedonian national team. We had a great start and we finished 11th, why we did not manage to make it to the finals?
Naumche Mojsovski: Yes, we had a good beginning, in the second round which took place in Varazhdin, we played weaker in comparison with the first round. According to my experience, we had problems with roster. We don’t have a team of players who can endure that entire tempo with which every game is played as if it was final. We have had these problems before when a couple of players were on the court all the time and the others sat on the bench or entered the game just from time to time. Strong representations don’t have this problem. They have a roster of 16 players and all of them are actively engaged so when there is a small glitch in their game with the first roster the second one comes in without anyone realizing.
You have already told us about the weaknesses, can you tell us what were the other problems would you would address if you were there?
Naumche: As I said, the small roster is a disadvantage. Also we cannot allow ourselves to make a number of technical mistakes on European or World Championships. During this championship, we didn’t make many mistakes in the group phase in Zagreb and the results were visible, but later when the fatigue came, when body and brain do not function as you would like to, those technical errors come to light and opponents with a wider roster know how to use it. So a ball passed with hands, a dropped ball, a cut, those are the easiest contra points, during these important matches such technical errors are not allowed.
It is a fact that Macedonia is a handball country with excellent players, but what should a national team have to be successful?
Naumche: Of course the most important part is the friendship outside the court, being close and cooperating with most of the players. When you hang out together, go for a beer or two, go out for a coffee etc., that also reflects on the court. The biggest success we had occurred when 90% of the representation played in one team: Metalurg, and we had 2 to 3 players from outside, Kire, Borko, and some others. Most importantly we hanged out, played handball every second day and so on. That’s what keeps the positive vibe among the players in the team. Bigger representations don’t have the opportunity to hang out together a lot as they all come from different teams and cities.
You have already mentioned some of the clubs that you were a part of, let’s go back to your beginnings, 20 years of handball career, and so much success. Can you tell us briefly about all of that?
Naumche: I started in my birthplace: Struga, I was there until I was 18/19, then I left for Pelister. That was the strongest club in Macedonia at that time and that’s where I signed my first contract. When I finished my 4-year contract, I stayed 6 years in Bitola and after that I transferred to Vardar. I was in Vardar for 4 years, and then I moved to Spain. I lived there for 2 years, and then I came back to Vardar again. I transferred to Metalurg and stayed there for 6 years, I also spent one year in Qatar and one year in Romania.
That’s quite a handball career. Which games left a big mark on your career and on you as a person?
Naumche: There is a huge number of games that were positive and negative for me. With Pelister, we played in many finals and I played those finals perfectly so starting from there, all the way to Vardar and European championships. It’s a long path. I was a team captain of Vardar for many years, then there were many club leagues with Metalurg, we beat Barcelona and PSG. There were many representations on our way while we were going for prequalification games with teams from Bulgaria, and we ended up at World Championships and of course we beat the big representations on the games then. I would also like to mention a game from the first world championship in 2009. We played with Russian team, we played well and we were very happy because that was one of the most important games as we were 5th on the chart and we actually finished in the second phase of the qualifications. Success cannot be forgotten but failures too. I remember the game we played with Danish representation in Serbia at European championship, it cost us half-final.
On the court, besides the players from the opposite team, we also have judges who sometimes can be bigger enemies than the players from the opposite team. How did you cope with them?
Naumche: One has to be calm when dealing with judges; you cannot use violence against them. You have to know some tricks on how to play with them but never use violence because after all they have the final word. In the handball, judges have a pretty high importance. But I think that is going to change in the future as no one is there to watch them but to cheer for their team. Sometimes judge’s decisions have an impact on the flow of the game, and are not always as you want them to be. Of course they are people too and make mistakes as everyone else, you have to forgive them. But not always.
Naumche as a student, Naumche outside the handball court, what does Namuche want to do in his free time, any hobby that you would like to share with us?
Naumche: As a student I am almost at the end of my post graduate studies at FON University, department of sport and sport management. As for free time, I have it much more now and that was one of the things I have missed. When I played, I didn’t know what does it mean to have a free time, because we were always training, now when I have more free time I try to spend it with my family. I really like going on vacation during the summer with them but I usually spend my spare time in Struga, I love to relax while fishing.
Naumche, what is your recipe for success? What has the biggest impact: training, discipline or healthy lifestyle?
Naumche: All of the mentioned go together. I would place the training first because no one is born trained and no one knows if they’re going to have interest in sports or some other activity. For me the training is the thing that motivates you the most and stimulates to reach goals that you have for a long time secretly stuck in your head. Hand in hand with the training comes healthy food. When you live healthy lifestyle you cannot go out whenever you want, eat or drink whatever you want. A limit is set to all of that. Apart from that exhausting trainings, preparations etc. You have to give up on many things if you want to reach the top.
What is the thing that guides you, your moto which leads you to achieve your goals?
Naumche: I’m in love with sport, I started swimming, then football but eventually I got into handball and I figured that I will succeed. When I was young, my idols were late Boro Churleski, Tomce Petreski, Pepi Manaskov and I imagined that I will become like them. To get there I needed to add gas and get on the higher level, once your body and brain feel the opportunity for progress you give the maximum of training and your skills and that will certainly make it. The contest itself is like a cheery on the cake, because it’s a bad idea to train ten hours a day if you don’t perform.
What would you recommend for young enthusiasts who are striving to reach their goals to become like their idols?
Naumche: Bad times are coming, I’m talking about vices, many children end up on the street, they are not engaged in sports and it is all about health. You train once or twice a day, everything is related to the workout and depending on the training you manage the rest: meals and responsibilities. I tell young people to train because talent is not enough for itself.
What are your plans in the near future?
Naumche: Officially starting from this month I took over the handball club Struga where I made my first steps. My goal is to support talented children on the handball court and to help them to become top handball players and of course to place Struga in the SuperCup.