Israel waits for weakened BiH team

Israel waits for weakened BiH team


By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka

More than a hundred fans wish a good luck to BiH soccer team, which departed Sarajevo International Airport on it’s way to Haifa, Israel, where the two national teams at Sunday will play a qualification game for EURO 2016.

BiH national team coach, Safet Susic, had a lot of problems to form a team, because two of the best players, Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, are not available due to injuries. But, Susic is still optimist and believe in his choice of players.

“In this moment I don’t have a classic stricker to replace Ibisevic or Dzeko. So, we will play a little bit different with players wha are not strickers, but have other qualities, they are fast and agile. I think that they will create a lot of problems to Israel defence”, Susic told the media at the airport.

He added that he is satisfied with the trainings that team had in BiH and that they do not have additional problems. Susic emphasised that the players are ready for the game on Sunday, although it was not an easy job to find players to replace two of the team’s best players. As he said to the media, BiH soccer team goes in Israel to win but a “draw will be also good”.

Miralem Pjanic said that the team will miss Dzeko and Ibisevic at the game in Haifa. He added that the players know very well that the Israeli team is highly motivated to win.

“They too want to qualify for EURO 2016 and we know what to expect in Haifa”, said Pjanic before the departure.

His teammate, Haris Medunjanin, agrees that it will be a difficult game for the BiH team, since Israel has more points.

As it was reported to the media, the Israel coach, Eli Guttman, doesn’t believe that Susic has such a big problem. According to media reports in BiH, Guttman stated that he banned to his players for speaking about BiH team’s problems.

“We will definately not trust the stories about a weaken BiH team and lack of their best players. Our game will be the same as if they fielded their best team”, said Guttman, adding that the Israel team will not disappoint its 30,000 fans in the stadium. Israel waits for chance to participate on a big tournament since Mundial in Mexico 1970.

The match between BiH – Israel will be played on “Sammy Ofer” stadium in Haifa on Sunday evening.