There was news nobody expected. It came from Skopje, the capital of Montenegro, and sound like: Vrbica Stefanov (188, 33), the biggest reinforcement of Crvena zvezda for this season, decided to retire. Many did not believe nonetheless Crvena zvezda published he will not be in the team for the game against Zagreb. We succeeded to get him on the phone immediately after noon. »I left a meeting, I do not have a lot of time. I have serious problems,« Vrbica Stefanov was honest with a kind of voice that reflected he was stroked from the blue.
We've heard you decided not to return on the court any more?
»I have serious private problem, I am only trying to save at least something. It is terrifying what is happening to me. I am totally confused and do not know what to do.«
What is going on?
»The business I started few years ago and in which I invested everything I earned in the last seven seasons is to fail. There is a chance of a bankruptcy. I was playing for the national team expecting people from the association will help me. Besides, I do have problems in the family. Therefore I had to travel to Skopje because nobody else was able to save the situation. I did believe the wrong people.«
The next question was not even necessary...
»On Saturday, only few hours before the beginning of the game with FMP I was informed the situation got worse. I didn't want to leave the team but I was so nervous I couldn't concentrate on basketball. I spoke with the head-coach Šakota, I explained him the situation. I simply can not practice, I need time to resolve thing at home.«
Does that mean the game against FMP was the last one for Vrbica Stefanov?
»I am very sorry but at the moment it does look so. It is very difficult for me mostly because of people in Crvena zvezda but according to the situation this is the best solution.«