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By ESPN Staff
Sep 22, 2006

Bosnian coach decides to stay after all

SARAJEVO, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Bosnia coach Blaz Sliskovic said on Friday that he will stay on in the post, reversing his decision to quit after defeat in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Hungary earlier this month.

'I still believe in this team and think that we still have a chance (of qualifying),' Sliskovic told reporters.

Sliskovic said that his decision to resign was made on the spur of the moment because he had failed to fulfil a promise to win both opening games.

Bosnia opened their Group C campaign with a 5-2 win away in Malta before suffering a surprise 3-1 home defeat by Hungary.

The Bosnian FA's (NSBIH) executive board rejected Sliskovic's resignation earlier this week.

'I don't think that I am the only one and that there are no other experts... but I made up my mind primarily because I think that we have the quality and determination to try to qualify despite a loss to Hungary,' Sliskovic said.

Sliskovic said that he would now concentrate on forthcoming matches with Moldova and Greece and after that 'we can talk soberly and in peace and maybe then make some decisions'.

Bosnia, who have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, visit Moldova in their next qualifier on Oct. 7. The other teams in the group are Greece, Turkey and Norway.

Sliskovic, 47, has been in charge since 2002 and narrowly failed to take Bosnia to Euro 2004 and this year's World Cup. Earlier this year, he renewed his contract until 2008.