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April 24, 1996

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ Bosnia, emerging from 4 1/2 years of civil war, played a scoreless tie against Albania on Wednesday in its first home international soccer game.

Before the war, Bosnian players were part of Yugoslavia’s national team, among Europe’s best. But the breakup of Yugoslavia caused the startup of separate teams for Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia.

About 10,000 fans attended the game in this central Bosnian town 30 miles northwest of Sarajevo. War damage at the Sarajevo stadium still has not been repaired.

Wednesday’s game was an exhibition as the teams prepared for qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. Bosnia opens at Greece on Sept. 1 and is host to Croatia on Oct. 9.

Seventeen of the 18 players on Bosnia were Muslim, with no Serbs and one Bosnian Croat.

Bosnia, which lost 2-0 at Albania in December, dominated play but failed to score.

Meho Kodro, who plays for Barcelona, had a pair of headers in the first five minutes that were saved by goalkeeper Blendi Nallbani. A shot by Elvir Baljic in the 16th minute was cleared off the goal line by Albanian forward Eduard Kacaci.

Ivica Jozic, the only non-Muslim fielded by Bosnia, missed an easy chance after Xhevahir Kapplani, Albania’s backup goalkeeper, fumbled his initial shot in the 68th minute. Jozic then kicked the ball wide.

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