Coach of the national football team of BiH, Mehmed Bazdarevic, summarizing the whole year that is about to end, said that he is satisfied with performance, starting from the players, coaching staff and Football Federation of BiH.
This year, the Dragons played nine matches and recorded six wins with one draw and two defeats. The year started with two victories in friendly matches against Luxembourg and Switzerland, and the first defeat came in the match against Spain.
The national team of BiH had a successful performance at the Kirin Cup in Japan this year, where they won the first place with somewhat altered composition and without several standard national team players. They won against Denmark in the semi-finals after penalty shoot-out and in the finals they won against selection of Japan, lead by BH expert Vahid Halilhodzic.
Encouraged by excellent performances and good results, football players of BiH started qualifications for the World Cup in Russia in September and won against the team of Estonia with the score 5: 0 in the first leg in Zenica.
After four matches, BiH has seven points and it is in the 3rd place with two wins, one draw and a defeat. Our team is lagging behind the second-placed Greece by three points and five points behind leaders in Group H, the team of Belgium.
He also commented on two top BH team members who play for Juventus and Roma, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko, noting that he is satisfied with their game. He said that the two of them did their best in a representative jersey, and that they contribute a lot to their clubs.
He underlined that the expectations for the coming year are great, but that all of them have to be stronger. As he said, he expects from his players to be at the top of their game.
BiH will play next match within the qualification for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 on the 25th of March, when it will be host to Gibraltar. Then we will welcome Greece in Zenica (June 9), then play guest match with Cyprus (August 31), and Gibraltar (September 3). In the last two qualifiers, Bazdarevic chose to host Belgium on the 7th of October, and three days later qualifications will be finished in Estonia.