Guizhou Renhe FC playmaker Zvjezdan Misimovic has tasked his teammates to improve on their opening performance at the World Cup when they face Nigeria in a crucial game at the Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiabá.
The World Cup debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 2-1 to tournament favorites Argentina a result which gives the 33 year old a cause for optimism going forward. “We gave a good account of ourselves in our first game,” Zvjezdan Misimovic told FIFA.com.
“We’re a very close-knit team and we have a lot of very gifted individuals too. Perhaps we could be more determined in certain situations. If we can do that then I’m sure the fans will continue to enjoy watching us.”
Also sharing Misimovic’s optimism was Vedad Ibisevic who scored his side’s historic goal in the defeat.
The game gave the 29-year-old, who plays for Bundesliga club Stuttgart, renewed belief that his side are not at the tournament merely to make up the numbers.
“I hope the team have now realised that we can play – even against such opponents [as Argentina].”
Ibisevic’s hunger for success is unmistakable and he is uncompromising in his approach to the team’s forthcoming games: “We want to take more from our next fixtures and we’ve still got a lot of self-confidence.”
Given the euphoria running through the Bosnia and Herzegovina camp, it is clear that is no mere lip service.