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Modriča maintain early advantage

As the first half of the Bosnia-Herzegovnian season concludes FK Modriča remain six points clear to the surprise of everyone but their coach Slaviša Božičić.

With two matches to go before the Premijer Liga reaches its halfway point and goes into a three-month winter break, surprise early pacesetters FK Modriča remain out in front having established a six-point lead over the chasing pack in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Winning streak
Although the club have finished in the top six for the past four seasons, few expected them to lead the table with almost half the season gone, but ten wins in their first 13 league matches – and 32 goals, ten more than any other side – have propelled them clear, to the surprise of everyone except their coach. "Our ambitions at the start of the season were to reach the top of the table," said Slaviša Božičić. "We've managed to do that but we still have to fight hard to keep this position, especially next year during the second half of season. We shouldn't forget [NK] Široki Brijeg and [NK] Čelik, who have shown good form until now."

Coaching changes
Široki Brijeg and Čelik are both on 24 points, with the former's 5-1 win at NK Travnik on 21 October prompting the resignation of Travnik coach Kemal Hafizović, who has been replaced by Mirza Golubica. Another club to change coaches were bottom side NK Žepče, who have collected only four points so far and are ten points adrift at the foot of the table. Mile Jovin has stepped down, with his former assistant Pavle Skočibušić taking charge until the end of the first half of the season. Champions FK Sarajevo have confirmed Husref Musemić has returned as coach after a one-month suspension and the team responded with a 2-1 win at FK Laktaši, their second triumph in succession after a run of only two victories in 15 matches in all competitions.

Šešlija heroics
Sarajevo, however, remain sixth in the table although the most interesting result of the 13th round of matches involved FK Leotar, who are second bottom in the standings yet rallied from 3-0 down at home to FK Slavija Sarajevo to win 4-3 thanks to a Branko Šešlija hat-trick. The Bosnia-Herzegovnian Cup has also kicked off with 14 of the 16 top-flight teams reaching the last 16, the first time that has happened. Čelik and Slavija were the sides to miss out, losing to NK Posušje and Široki Brijeg respectively.