Duric gets kick out of feat too

Duric gets kick out of feat too
Tampines Rovers' Aleksandar Duric.

Bosnians around the world were united in their elation as the nation qualified for the World Cup Finals for the first time after beating Lithuania 1-0 on Tuesday to secure a ticket to Brazil next year.

And though he has held a Singapore passport since 2007, former national striker Aleksandar Duric still has a soft spot for the country of his birth, and is delighted that football has brought happiness to the troubled former Yugoslav republic.

"This is a dream come true for all Bosnians, whether they are in Singapore or New York," the 43-year-old said. "Life is difficult in Bosnia. Its people have nothing to eat and there is widespread unemployment.

"I watched on YouTube incredible scenes of how Bosnians are celebrating in the streets. This really is a very big thing for the country."

More poignantly, Duric can empathise with his elder brother, Milan, who lives in Bosnia and will be celebrating his nation's footballing success even though he has been unemployed for the past two years.

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