Congratulations to Abdulah “Ado” Jahić of SLSG Academy and Mehlville, who has been called in for a three day camp in Zenica to train with the Bosnia & Herzegovina national team coaching staff. It is a special camp targeted to players of the diaspora (the dispersion of any people from their original homeland).
It is the second opportunity for Jahić, who previously competed with BiH in the U17 Euro Championships in 2014, playing in all three group games, including a 3-0 win against Belgium, a country that is recognized for their player development.
The St. Louis Bosnian’s website interviewed Jahić following that tournament and it offers an excellent background on his experience and development. He has split his time between Melhville High School and the SLSG Academy program the last two years, culminating to his signing with Bradley University last week as he’ll continue his development at the Missouri Valley Conference D1 program.
In the STLBosnian’s interview, Jahić notes that Cristiano Ronaldo is a favorite player but his biggest inspiration is Vedad Ibisevic, also a St Louis Bosnian who plays for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga (see them Wednesday Feb 9th vs FC Heidenheim in the German Cup, on ESPN3 at 11:50 am), is his inspiration.
Notably then, Jahić is joined in training camp this week by Elvir Ibisevic, a first cousin of Vedad, who’s family lives in Des Moines IA. Ibisevic has signed with Omaha, where he’ll play for assistant Coach Tim Walters, and is already on campus after early graduation in December.
Ibisevic, a 6-3 center forward, announced his signing earlier in August 2015. He has made two appearances for the United States’ U-17 national team and plays club soccer for Sporting Iowa. He has also represented Sporting Kansas City’s academy team on number of occasions. As a sophomore at Johnston High School, Ibisevic scored 20 goals for the Dragons. He missed his junior season as was part of the US National Team residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
Young players BiH summarily living abroad will have the opportunity from 8 to 10 February in the training center of NS / FS BiH in Zenica, to impress selectors for our youth teams.
Besides Toni Karacic, Sakib Malkočević and Zoran Erbez the players will work with goalkeeping coach Nenad Dzidic.
Football players from the diaspora have selected a Boškailo Omer Munib Salkanović, Namik Alimajstorović and Murat Salih, and the list includes:
Denis Beganović (Germany), Almin Ademovic (Germany), Sani Harbaš (Germany), Adam Huskić (Canada), Hajrudin Karasalihović (USA), Enis Juković (Germany), Safet Konaković (Germany), Robert Ljubicic (Austria), Haris Jakupovic (Germany), Nidal Kožljak (Belgium), Addis Mujkic (Norway), Arian Pilja (USA), Damir puppy (USA), Dino Muslija (Austria), Hrvoje Buljan (Germany), Nedim Đumušić (Canada), Benjamin Mesic (Switzerland ), Ahmo Jasarevic (Germany), Vahdet Maletic (USA), Aydin Sarcevic (Canada), Faruk Dzambegovic (USA), Fahrudin Dervišević (USA), Suad Suljic (USA),Elvir Ibisevic (USA), Andrej Markovic (Germany) Emir Hadzic (Germany), Amil Seferovic (Germany), Amar Kovacevic (Sweden), Mirza Ibrić (Germany), Amar Avdukić (Switzerland), Mario Curic (Croatia), Antonio Curic (Croatia), Miralem Ramic (Germany), Kenan Smajlovic (Germany), Abdulah Jahic (USA).