Dzeko hails Bosnia achievement
- 16 October 2013 08:57
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
On a big night for international Sky Blues, perhaps special congratulations should be reserved for Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia-Herzegovina who will grace the World Cup finals for the first time next summer.
Bosnia secured their place with a nervy 1-0 win over Lithuania, but their supporters couldn’t even watch the game live on national TV as Supersport.com report:
“The World Cup in Brazil will be the first for Bosnia, which is even today scarred from the 1992-95 war which erupted as it split from the former Yugoslavia.
“But country remains ethnically divided, with only Muslims really supporting the national team, while ethnic Serbs and Croats mostly back Serbia and Croatia.
The Bosnian Serb television RTRS did not show the Lithuania-Bosnia match, but rather Macedonia-Serbia, though neither of the latter two teams had a chance of qualifying
“RTRS did also not place the news of Bosnia's passage into top news. The team was scheduled to return to Sarajevo immediately after the match and join the expected street celebrations.
‘I want to thank the fans who travelled here. Thanks to all who celebrate now and around the world. We showed the might of BiH,’ said Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who set up Ibisevic's 68th-minute winner.
“Coach Safet Susic and other players, some of them overcome by emotion and crying as they talked to reporters, mostly echoed thanks for the support.”
England, too, deserve a pat on the back and City’s James Milner believes the nation will kick on now qualification has been achieved.
Sky Sports report: “The Three Lions have been criticised at times over the past few months but they have impressed in their final two games and Milner believes they will continue to go from strength to strength.
‘To miss out on the World Cup would have been heart-breaking, so now everyone has something to look forward to in the summer, Milner said.
‘We've shown how hard we are to beat and that is a great quality. You can see we are improving all the time.
‘We are creating chances and that tempo seems to be improving, and we are winning the ball back higher (up the pitch).
The longer we are together we'll keep getting better and better. Although the manager has been here 18 months or so, the time we have had together is not that long, so it does take time to get it right
‘But I think we are making steps in the right direction and hopefully we can improve a lot more going into the World Cup.’"
Finally, moving back to domestic matters, City could be facing a West Ham side on the crest of a wave on Saturday.
With Manuel Pellegrini’s side still looking for the first away win of the season, the Hammers, buoyed by a 3-0 win at Spurs 10 days ago, have in their ranks a player who is blossoming at a rapid rate.
Former United youngster Ravel Morrison bagged two goals for England Under-21s on Monday evening and he now has his eyes on undoing City at Upton Park.
London 24 report: “It was a goal that showed similar skill, confidence and composure to his effort in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Tottenham before the international break.
“Sam Allardyce’s side return to action against title contenders Manchester City on Saturday - a match Morrison is confident of securing another three points from.
‘I’m very excited because obviously I used to play for Manchester United, but I never played against their first team so I’m really looking forward to it,’ he said.
‘Of course we can cause a shock. We’re a great team and we should have had a lot of goals this season but for some reason we haven’t.’”
More snippets and gossip tomorrow…