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BH cadets gathered

The U-17 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered on Sunday in Trebinje at the “Bijeli Dvori” Hotel and began preparations for the friendly matches against Albania, which will be played in Durres on 19th and 21st May.

The head coach Nermin Šabić was responded to by everyone from the list of 22 football players from domestic clubs: Arman Šutković (Sarajevo), Vedad Alibašić (Željezničar), Ferid Šerbečić (Sloboda), Vedad Jakupović (Željezničar), Luka Tustonja (Zrinjski), Đanis Gosto (Velež), Hamza Ljukovac (Sarajevo), Ali Pašić (Željezničar), Faris Husić (Sarajevo), Salih Hadžić (Mladost), Savo Šušić (Borac), Marko Kozina (Zrinjski), Bakir Nurković (Sarajevo), Talha Tabaković (Sarajevo), Sergej Damjanić (Borac), David Čamber (Zrinjski), Ante Prusina (Široki Brijeg), Sergej Bogdanić (Spartak Banja Luka), Kenan Lamadžema (Sarajevo), Marko Brkić (Borac), Danis Tolja (Željezničar) and Emil Muslić (Azot Vitkovići).

“We are in the phase of forming a national team that has not been in the competition so far, when it comes to the national team”, says the head coach of the Dragons, Nermin Šabić, and continues:

“In the previous period, we had friendly matches against Macedonia and Bulgaria, and we played four more matches in one tournament in Croatia, for the purpose of preparing for the qualifications that await us in October. Although these are friendly matches against Albania, the result is not unimportant, because we want to impose a winning mentality.”

The head coach of the “cadets”, as well as his colleagues from other national teams, could not count on the players from the diaspora due to epidemiological measures.

“What is good from this situation is that we will have more players from domestic competitions in mind and we will gain insight into what we have at our disposal. And with these invited players, we will try to make the best possible result.”

After the gathering, all players and members of the technical staff underwent PCR testing, and the first training session in Trebinje was done on the pitch with natural grass within the tourist complex “City of the Sun”. The BH cadets will stay in Trebinje until Tuesday, when they leave for Durres.

The first match is scheduled for Wednesday, 19th May, at 17:00 h, and the second one on Friday, 21st May, at 10:30 h. Both matches will be played in Durres.

This national team will play the qualifications for the European Championship in October, and the opponents in the group are Switzerland, Finland and Gibraltar. The two best teams qualify for the next qualifying round.

“The good results of previous generations enabled us to be the best seeding in our group, and in that way, we avoided the strongest national teams. However, it is an additional obligation for us to justify that epithet. Given what the boys have shown in the matches so far, I think that by the tenth month we will be ready to create a respectable team also with the guys who come from the diaspora. We have the quality and desire for a good result and we are objectively counting on the qualification for the next round, but other national teams will certainly be in question as well. The boys must be willing to give up for the next five months and a “spartan” life to justify the hopes we place in them and the expectation for some of them to reach both the youth and the “A” national team.”

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