The Manchester City striker insists he was not meant to play an entire match against Egypt as he was carrying a knock and says fans who booed him should be “ashamed”
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has hit out at Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic after being forced to play through an injury during Wednesday’s friendly against Egypt.
Bosnia slipped to a 2-0 defeat in Innsbruck with goals from Gedo and Mohamed Salah securing victory for Shawky Gharib’s side.
Dzeko played the full 90 minutes, despite carrying a knock, and produced a muted performance which led him to being booed by a section of the Bosnian supporters.
Susic described the fan reaction as “unfair” but Dzeko insists he should have been brought off earlier in the match.
“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 said 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 [who jeered] should be ashamed because I am a born winner and always played my heart out for the national team.”