The head coach Igor Janković says about the tournament that is being organized in memory of one of the greatest athletes in our region:
“First of all, we need to nurture the tradition and continue with the organization of the tournament that is played in honour of Josip Katalinski-Škija. There were a lot of football legends in this area that will never be forgotten, and, in this way, we also pay tribute to one football great. Of course, it is a great honour for us coaches, as well as for these young players, to be a part of a story like this.”
Janković also referred to the team that will represent B&H at the memorial:
“When we talk about the national team that will perform at this tournament, it will be practically the first gathering for them, so we cannot emphasize the result in the foreground. Through the regional camps, the players showed that they have quality, but they will play in this team for the first time. So, this tournament will certainly be of many benefits to us, because we will be able to slowly play the generation of players born in 2007 and make it a certain filter for the future. Certainly, when we play in a tournament named after Josip Katalinski, we have an obligation to show ourselves in the best light and I have no doubt that we will all do our best to show likeable football with mutual respect and fair-play.”
All matches of the tournament will be played in Zenica’s Training Camp. The pioneer national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina will play with Northern Macedonia in the semi-finals tomorrow at 10:00 h. On the same day, at 18:00 h, the second semi-final match will be played, in which the joint selected team of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo will meet with the team of Belgrade.
You will be able to watch the matches of the “Josip Katalinski-Škija” Tournament live on the FF BH official YouTube channel.