NK Željeznicar's Amar Osim has been named coach of the year for 2002 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Željeznicar won the title last season and going into the 2002/03 winter break they are third in the table. The Sarajevo club also finished as runners-up in the cup, losing in the final to FK Sarajevo.
In this season's UEFA Champions League Željeznicar reached the third qualifying round, knocking out ÍA Akranes of Iceland and Norwegian side Lillestrøm SK, before they were eliminated by Newcastle United FC.
Osim's talents attracted the interest of Ukrainian club FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, but after two months of negotiations, the 35-year-old decided to stay in Bosnia-Herzegovina and extend his contract with Željeznicar for another two years.
'We have to work hard'
This award is a great honour, but also a great responsibility," said Osim. "Everyone is expecting Željeznicar to compete in Europe again next season and therefore we have to work hard to defend our title.”
Also at the awards ceremony, Miroslav Meho Brozovic was given a lifetime achievement award. The 82-year-old played for HŠK Gradjanski (now NK Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia), FK Partizan and FK Sarajevo in an illustrious career and coached both Željeznicar and Sarajevo, with whom he won the Yugoslavian title in 1967.
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