Bosnia-Herzegovina stars pay visit to Cuiaba mosque

Ahead of their World Cup showdown against Nigeria, three Bosnia-Herzegovina players joined in Friday prayers and mingled with the local community
By Peter Staunton in Cuiaba

Three Bosnia-Herzegovina World Cup stars paid a visit to Cuiaba's mosque on Friday ahead of their World Cup Group G match against Nigeria in the Mato Grosso capital on Saturday.

Star striker Vedad Ibisevic, Muhamed Besic and Edin Visca went to the mosque for Friday prayers and mingled with the local Muslim community. Also present was former national team midfielder Elvir Rahimic who is with the squad in Brazil.

The three players happily posed for pictures and signed autographs as locals converged on the mosque bearing Bosnian flags and demonstrating their support for the team.

Imam, Omar Omama, visited the team's hotel upon their arrival on Thursday night and invited the squad and technical delegation to the mosque for prayer.

Cuiaba's Muslim community is about 400 strong and is formed of Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians as well as local Brazilians.