CPL T20 2023

Kodro becomes Bosnia’s coach for second time

Meho Kodro, the former Bosnian footballer, has been appointed as the head coach of Bosnia’s national team for the second time after a gap of 15 years. The decision to appoint him came after Bosnia suffered consecutive defeats in the recent Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

Vico Zeljkovic, the president of Bosnia’s Football Association, expressed confidence in Kodro’s knowledge and qualifications, stating that he has the potential to lead the team to the Euros. Kodro’s appointment was a unanimous decision by the executive board of the association.

Kodro takes over from the sacked Faruk Hadzibegic and is determined to make a positive impact. Despite his previous dismissal as coach in 2008 for refusing to lead a friendly against Iran instead of one against Euro 2008 qualifiers Poland, Kodro believes in his abilities and those of the professional staff and players. He is determined to secure the team’s placement in the Euro qualifications, restore confidence to the players, and regain the trust of the public.

Kodro had an illustrious club career, starting with Velez Mostar in the mid-1980s before playing in Spain with Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Tenerife, and Deportivo Alaves. He later joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv and retired from professional football in 2002. Kodro also gained coaching experience as an assistant coach at Real Sociedad.

Bosnia currently ranks fourth in the European Championship qualifying Group J, with three defeats in four matches. Under Kodro’s leadership, the team will aim to improve their performance and secure their spot in the Euros.

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