Dzeko unhappy with national boss and fans after 2-0 defeat against Egpyt
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko blasted Bosnia-Herzegovina manager Safet Susic for keeping him on the pitch for a full 90 minutes against Egypt even after having knowledge of his injury.
Dzeko wasn’t happy with the boss of his national team, Susic, who decided to risk his star player in hopes of grabbing some quick goals in the 2-0 defeat to Egypt on Wednesday. After the game ended, Dzeko lambasted against Susic and those fans who had booed him on the pitch.
With 33 goals in his international career so far, the 27-year-old is the top-goal scorer for his country. Dzeko understands that he is an important part of the squad, but admits he was surprised when Susic made him play the full game despite having knowledge of his injury.
Dzeko has been hampered by a minor knock picked up playing for Manchester City in the Premier League. The striker has not been in full fitness for a while now and was expected to be played for only half of the game.
Dzeko’s in-pitch performance clearly showed that the striker was struggling with an injury and that he would be better on the bench than on the field. A part of the crowd also started to boo the striker for his poor form against Egypt.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international claims the reaction of the section of the fans booing him was very disappointing, especially since he was playing with an injury.
“I came here with a niggling injury and Susic knew that, and he still didn't substitute me either at half-time, which was the plan, or after the break when I asked to be replaced,” Dzeko wrote on his official Facebook page.
“I don't know why he left me on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. I wish to thank all fans who support me but the others should be ashamed because I am a born winner and always played my heart out for the national team.”
Even Susic came to the rescue of Dzeko realizing that the reaction of the fans was very unfair. Susic said that Dzeko was having a “bad day” and that the fans should have supported him instead of criticizing him.
“Dzeko didn't deserve so much criticism for a poor performance in a friendly, as anyone can have a bad day,” Susic said. “Many players had a bad day but the fan reaction was unfair as we missed several key players through injury.”
Dzeko has been the cornerstone behind Bosnia-Herzegovina qualification in the World Cup, the first major tournament the country has ever qualified for. Dzeko scored a total of 10 goals in the qualifying stage alone to take his country in to the World Cup.