Former Nigeria captain, Sunday Oliseh, has warned the Super Eagles not to take for granted the threat posed by World Cup debutants and Group F opponents, Bosnia-Herzegovina, when they meet on June 21 in Cuiaba.
The Eastern Europeans, who qualified for the World Cup after topping their UEFA qualifying group ahead of Greece and Slovakia, boast technically-gifted players; and Eagles 1994 and 1998 World Cup midfielder knows that they shouldn’t be underrated.
“This is the most underrated team of the World Cup,” Oliseh wrote on his blog, sundayoliseh.tv.
“And many fail to accept consciousness that they qualified as group winners and have probably the most promising players in any third-world qualifier first timers on show this edition.”
“Dzeko, Pjanic, Bergovic, Lulic, Spahic, Salihovic, Ibisevic: these are players who play week-in-week-out at the highest level in European top leagues. Though it is their first ever appearance in a World Cup, the team is packed with European household names, technical players, amongst them players that are established goal scorers and are used to winning titles.”
Bosnia have had a fruitful pre-World Cup campaign, defeating fellow Brazil-bound teams, Mexico (1-0) and Ivory Coast (2-1).
Their first-ever World Cup game is against two-time champions Argentina on June 15 in Brazil’s famous Maracana stadium.