FK Sarajevo: Who Are Connah's Quay's Champions League Opponents?

To get everyone ready for tomorrow's Champions League Qualifier match between Connah's Quay Nomads and FK Sarajevo, we have created a profile on the visiting side!


FK Sarajevo are based in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo and play their home matches at the 34,500 seater Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium which was named after club legend Asim Ferhatović. They currently share the stadium with newly-promoted FK Olimpik.


Sarajevo are currently managed by Austrian-born one-time Yugoslavia international Vinko Marinović. Marinović took over the reins at the Bosnian champions in 2019 after two years managing the Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 National Team. He has also managed other sides in the country, them being Kozara Gradiska, Borac Banja Luka, Zrinjski Mostar and Croatian side FK Kolubara.


Players to watch out for:

Mersudin Ahmetović

The former Bosnian international striker signed for Sarajevo from FK Sloboda Tuzla in June 2016. The 35-year-old has also represented Tuzla, FC Rostov, FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod, FC Salyut Belgorod and Jetisu Taldykorgan (FC Zhetysu). He finished the 2019/20 season as the club's top scorer as he netted 13 goals as the club went on to be crowned champions.


Since his arrival, Ahmetović has scored 52 goals in 107 games and will surely be the player Nomads manager Andy Morrison will want his players to be aware of.


Matthias Fanimo

Born in London, former England youth international Fanimo joined the club in July 2020. A product of the West Ham United academy, he has spent a lot of his career in English non-league football turning out for Bishop's Stortford, Eastleigh, Margate and AFC Hornchurch, he also had a short loan spell at Tranmere Rovers in 2014.


Fanimo's big break came in 2018 when he left Hornchurch for Slovenian Second Division side NK Drava Ptuj. He scored 19 goals in 29 league games in Slovenia, attracting the interest of Bosnian Premier League side FK Mladost Doboj Kakanj. He netted a mediocre 6 goals in 29 games during his time at the MGM Farm Arena and after a season, Sarajevo picked him up for a reported, but unofficial, €50.000.


Fanimo is also eligible to represent Nigeria at international level.


Sarajevo Club Honours:

League

Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Winners (5): 1998–99, 2006–07, 2014–15, 2018–19, 2019–20


Yugoslav First League:

Winners (2): 1966–67, 1984–85


Yugoslav Second League:

Winners (1): 1948–49


Cups

Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup:

Winners (6): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2018–19


Supercup of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Winners (1): 1997


Live coverage for tomorrow night's Champions League tie between Connah's Quay Nomads and FK Sarajevo will start on our Twitter page (@TIWFOfficial) at 6:00pm with the match kicking of at 7:00pm (BST)


(Featured Image taken from Wikipedia)

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