Bosnian national football federation appointed a former Croatian midfielder the national team’s new coach.
Robert Prosinečki was Bosnia’s assistant coach from 2006 to 2010 and Azerbaijan’s head coach from 2014 to 2017. He took over from former midfielder Mehmed Baždarević, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. The national football federation said it expected the 48-year old to turn around Bosnia’s fortunes.
“The football federation’s executive board unanimously voted to put Prosinečki in charge ahead of the only other ahead candidate, Amar Osim,” the body’s vice-president Milorad Sofrenić told a news conference in Sarajevo.
“We have elected a new coach after three-month long deliberations and we felt Prosinečki was the best solution because… he has a wealth of experience in international football as a coach.”
Osim is a former player who has managed in Bosnia and Qatar.
“I am excited to manage such a quality team,” Prosinečki told N1 upon learning the news.
“They can play offensively and be the dominant team. Looking at the players Bosnia has, that is the only way we can play. We have players from big clubs, young players whose time is coming. There is no fear for Bosnia, I hope we will play a beautiful football,” he said.