"Futsal is on the way up in Serbia," said KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac coach Ivan Božović after their Group 6 clincher against Uragan Ivano-Frankovsk was shown live on national television.
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KMF Ekonomac Kragujevac are through to the UEFA Futsal Cup elite round for the third year running and interest is higher that ever after topping their mini-tournament on home territory.
The Serbian champions had secured their place in the 11 October draw with a match to spare by beating Asa Ben Gurion 6-2 and AC Omonia 5-1 in their opening two main round Group 6 games. And in the decider for first place they overcame strong Ukrainian side Uragan Ivano-Frankovsk 5-3 after an exciting game that both teams had led before Da Costa's goal and Slobodan Rajčević's double penalty settled matters at the Sports Hall Jezero.
Ekonomac coach Ivan Božović, whose team will aim to make it third time lucky in a bid for a finals place when the elite round runs in mid-November, said: "It was a very hard match for us. We had to battle constantly, to make up for our mistakes because Uragan punished them every time. We fought hard for this win and to top the group.
He added: "I would like to point out that it is very important for us that for the first time national television had live coverage of our match, and that this shows that futsal is on the way up in Serbia. We are now waiting for the draw for the elite round."